Message from GW principals regarding the passing of Michael Vitez

posted Dec 6, 2010, 5:26 PM by Chris Miller

Dear Students and Parents:


Earlier this morning, Michael Vitez, a long-time teacher with ACPS, was found deceased in his home.   We have no further information at this time.


An appropriate announcement was made to all students and faculty.  A crisis team and counselors are available to help students deal with their grieving and answer their questions.


We want you to be aware that your child may show varying reactions to this loss. While some changes could be subtle, some students may display more serious reactions such as difficulty with eating and sleeping, prolonged crying, anger, confusion, excessive sleep, lowered motivation, school refusal and temporary withdrawal from friends and family contact.  Any or all of these reactions are normal, but should they become prolonged or very severe, please contact your school counselor or administrator for additional guidance and support.  Your openness and willingness to listen to your child as he/she grieves will provide important support.


The school staff stands ready to help your child.  Please feel free to contact the school if you have further questions or needs.




Linda Whitfield

Gerald Mann

Principals, George Washington Middle Schools