By NANCY WEST, InDepthNH.org
CONCORD – A teacher at Bishop Brady High School has died due to complications from COVID-19.
Jeffrey Kaplan was a math and science teacher and also coached lacrosse at the Catholic school in Concord. He had been fighting the virus for the past two weeks and died Friday afternoon, according to a post on the school’s Facebook page.
“Mr. Kaplan touched the lives of many as a teacher, coach and colleague. As a community, we come together to mourn and grieve, but also to celebrate a life committed to others. Our deepest sympathy goes out to Mr. Kaplan’s family and friends,” the post said.
Principal Andrea Elliot said the school would not be speaking with the press at this time and asked that the privacy of the family and the school community be respected.
The post said all classes will be cancelled Monday, with the crisis team coming together at 8 a.m. and members of the faculty and staff gathering in prayer at 9 a.m. The school building will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to students, parents, and alumni with appropriate pandemic modifications to reflect and remember Mr. Kaplan, the post said.
Members of the crisis team will be available for grief counseling and arts and crafting stations will be set up for students, staff, and alumni to write condolences or remembrance on cards or posters to be shared with the Kaplan family, the post said.
“All scheduled athletic events on Monday will go on as scheduled as that is what Coach Kaplan would have wanted,” the post said, with a moment of silence in honor of him before every athletic event in the coming weeks.
Due to the pandemic, there will be no calling hours or services at this time, according to the Facebook post.
In lieu of flowers, the school will collect donations to help with funeral expenses. Checks can be forwarded to Bishop Brady High School to Mrs. Elliot’s attention with the notation “Kaplan family” in the memo line.