As some of you may have seen on last Friday, 7News did a story on one of our former students, Jaqueline “Jackie” Paisano, entering the hospital with COVID-19. It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Jackie passed away due to complications from the virus.
Jackie only spent a brief time at Hill, but her sister, Julissa, was a Skyhawk and moved on to GW High School. Jackie was a vibrant participant at George Washington and the larger Colorado community. A Special Olympic athlete, she was featured in a 2019 ESPN feature sharing her incredible growth as she transitioned from middle to high school.
In honor of Jackie, we ask that you please take these social distancing mandates seriously. COVID-19 does not discriminate who it affects. We care for our Skyhawk community, past and present, too much to risk losing one more life to this virus. We know that our students watch the news and may learn about young people they know and in their age group getting sick and/or dying. This creates even more stress for students and their families.
Mental well-being is critical to your child’s heath, especially during times such as these. The following signs may indicate that your child is having difficulty:
- Marked changes in usual ways of behaving
- Changes in sleeping or eating problems
- Acting out behavior, including aggression
The following resources are available to support in times of crisis and/or grief:
- Second Wind Fund of Metro Denver, Counseling Services, www.secondwindfund.org (English/Spanish)
- Safe2Tell Colorado, 877-542-7233. http://safe2tell.org
- Trevor Project, 866-488-7386 (LGBTQ Youth)
- Colorado Crisis and Support Line, 844-493-8255, or text TALK to 38255
Our thoughts are with Jackie and Julissa Paisano’s family at this time. We will continue to process this sad news as a school community, and again, please feel free to reach out as needed for ongoing support.