Three Broward County teachers and an educational assistant died within 36 hours this week after contracting COVID-19, according to the teachers’ union.
Broward Teachers Union President Anna Fusco also told ABC News that another teacher’s assistant is hospitalized with the virus. Any bets on when Gov. Ron DeSantis will be growing a spine and telling his constituents that covid wasn’t some election ploy by democrats?
It comes as teachers from Florida’s second-largest public school district returned to campuses this week to prepare for the first day of classes next Wednesday.
”We have three schools that have to talk about one of their colleagues that passed,” Fusco said.
One teacher and one educational assistant who died were from Dillard Elementary School in Fort Lauderdale, School Board Chair Rosalind Osgood confirmed. Another teacher was from Pinewood Elementary in North Lauderdale. I’m sure the Florida governor, who has now asked for outside help to make up for his dropping the ball in regards to handling covid, would love to explain to your children why so many of their teachers are no longer at school.
Their names have not been released, but they were all women. Ah, I see why Gov. Ron DeSantis has been quiet on the situation now.
“On Tuesday the district was contacted by different families to inform us that individuals had passed away with COVID,” Osgood said. “I’m certain that there are probably others and that their families have not contacted the district at this point.
“Just in natural numerics, we know that there’s probably more than four individuals that’s been impacted by COVID in some type of way,” she added.
Three of the educators were not vaccinated, according to Fusco, including one who “was on the road to getting vaccinated” but wasn’t yet cleared by her doctor to get the shot. She “was really looking forward to getting it in the next couple weeks,” the union president said. The saddest part in this entire clown show is the loss of patriots who wanted to do their part to help bring an end to this global pandemic. If only petulant man babies, like DeSantis and Abbot, were as concerned with their responsibilities to maintaining a free society as they are with their rights in a free society.
Fusco said she couldn’t comment on the vaccination status of the other educator.
Fusco said none of the four educators had been back in school buildings since the end of last year.
It comes as Broward’s public school district battles the state over the face mask mandate the school board voted 8-1 to keep in place earlier this week. It’s no surprise that Broward County has joined the list of school districts suing their state governors over prohibition of mask mandates in public schools.
That goes against Gov. Ron DeSantis’ orders against such mask mandates, and the state’s education commissioner has threatened to withhold Broward School Board salaries. Fortunately, DeSantis has backed down from this line of attack, if only he’d step down as governor too. The district has a 5 p.m. deadline Friday to reply to the state about its plans.
Broward County is leading the nation in new COVID-19 hospitalizations, according to federal data.
“Our numbers are horrible,” Broward Mayor Steve Geller said of the coronavirus surge in the county.