Education

Oswego School District superintendent details support efforts following student’s death

Counselors, psychologists and social workers available to OEHS students

OSWEGO – Counselors are available to Oswego School District 308 students to help them deal with the loss of a fellow student.

School Superintendent John Sparlin told the Board of Education on Oct. 25 that healing from the tragedy will take time and effort.

“As you all know, last Friday we lost Oswego East Senior Mark Chapas,” Sparlin said. “We are all deeply saddened by Mark’s death, and our hearts and support go out to his family and friends as they grieve his loss.”

Sparlin said that help is available.

“The death of a student can create a challenging and difficult time and a high level of anxiety and distress for some students,” Sparlin said. “Over the weekend, today and throughout the week we have additional counselors, psychologists and social workers at the school to speak with students and staff that need someone to talk with.”

The superintendent also offered advice for parents.

“Please also consider monitoring your children’s social media, cell phone, e-mails, and text messages to further assess their potential needs,” Sparlin said.

Chapas, a senior lineman on the Oswego East High School varsity football team, was found deceased in Violet Patch Park off Route 25 in unincorporated Oswego Township on Oct. 22 after having been reported missing.

“Together, we extend our heartfelt sympathy to Mark’s family,” Sparlin said. “Our thoughts are with them during this most difficult time.”

In a related matter, friends of the Chapas familiy have set up a GoFundMe page to assist the family. As of Tuesday at 12:45 p.m. $8,965 had been raised toward a goal $10,000.