The following comes from Jefferson Township Superintendent of Schools Jeanne Howe:
Dear Parents and Guardians:
It is with a heavy heart that I write to inform you that we have lost a very special member of our school community. Mrs. Cheryl Miskimon, an eighth grade rade Social Studies teacher at Jefferson Township Middle School, passed away peacefully this afternoon after a sudden illness. We expect a variety of reactions to this loss from our students, parents, and members of our staff. Some of these reactions may be mild, others may be more intense.
I ask that parents in the district have an open conversation with their children to inform them of this loss. It may foster some unresolved feelings in your child that he or she would like to discuss with you. You can help your child by listening carefully, accepting his or her feelings, and answering questions honestly according to your beliefs. You know your child best and how to approach talking about the loss. Please know that experts emphasize the value of children hearing news of sudden loss from their parents/caregivers directly.
Our counselors, school psychologists, and social workers will be on hand to assist your children on Monday and Tuesday morning. They will have open Google Meets where students may join at any point throughout the school day. Google Meet IDs will be shared with students via their counselor’s Google Classroom.
If you think your child needs additional counseling support over the weekend, you can call/text the NJ Second Floor Helpline at 888-222-2228 or use the Crisis Text Line by texting “HOME” to 741741. Please call 911 if it is an emergency.
Cheryl will be remembered as an outstanding educator who made tremendous contributions to the entire Jefferson Township community. We mourn the loss of a wonderful teacher who enriched our lives with her kindness, intelligence, and humor.
A gofundme page has been set up for the family.