Dear Parents and Guardians,

As you all aware by now, the Birchwood Family has suffered a tremendous loss as one of our students has passed on suddenly. We have received several inquiries about the circumstances surrounding Christopher's passing.  Below you will see a letter from the Suffolk County Health Department that I hope will answer questions. This information was shared with us after numerous conversations between Jane Samuels, our Nurse Coordinator and Dr. Geffken, our district Physician. If you have further questions please contact the Suffolk County Department of Health at the number below.

Thank you for notifying the Suffolk County Department of Health of the passing of a student who attends Birchwood Intermediate School in the South Huntington Union Free School District. As per our discussion today, there is no public health concern for students or staff at this time. Please feel free to call with any questions and you are welcome to direct parent or staff questions to our office at 631-854-0333.


Kathleen Lauinger


Kathleen Lauinger, BSN, RN

Bureau of Epidemiology and Disease Control

Department of Health Services

3500 Sunrise Highway, Suite 124

P.O. Box 9006

Great River, New York   11739-9006