BREAKING: 36-year-old school principal dies of coronavirus complications

MARCH 24, 2020

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A New York City school principal died Monday from complications due to the coronavirus, becoming the first-reported public school official in the U.S. to die from the disease.

Education news nonprofit Chalkbeat reported Tuesday that the Council of Schools Supervisors and Administrators informed union members in a letter that the principal of Brooklyn Democracy Academy had died Monday evening.

The article goes on to state the following:

“It is with profound sadness and overwhelming grief that we announce the passing of our sister, CSA member Dezann Romain, Principal of Brooklyn Democracy Academy, due to complications from Coronavirus,” read the CSA’s statement.

As of noon Tuesday, there were 49,594 known cases of coronavirus in the United States, with 622 deaths. New York has skyrocket to the top of the list in the U.S., with 25,665 cases of coronavirus and 210 deaths.

New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza expressed his condolences in a two-part Twitter post. He wrote, “This is painful for all of us, and I extend my deepest condolences to the Brooklyn Democracy Academy community, and the family of Principal Romain.

“We’re all experiencing a deep sense of confusion, uncertainty, and sadness, and it’s more important than ever to provide support to one another. We’ll be there for the students and staff through whatever means necessary during this impossibly difficult time.”

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