Fifteen staffers in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools District have died from COVID-19 in the past 10 days, according to reports from local media.
Sonia Diaz, a spokesperson for several unions in the school district, confirmed the number of deaths to NBC 6 on Friday.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools resumed classes on August 23, but it is unknown exactly when the employees contracted COVID-19.
“The loss of any of our employees is one that is always profoundly felt as every member of this organization is considered a part of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools family,” a spokesperson said, according to NBC 6. “We extend our hearts and prayers to the loved ones of those whose lives have recently been lost.”
Not all teachers have been identified yet. A spokesperson for the Miami-Dade County Public Schools said it does not release information regarding the cause of death of employees.
One of the teachers that have been identified is Abe Coleman, a third-grade math teacher known for running a mentoring program for minority male students called 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project. It is not known whether Coleman was vaccinated or not.
“I am deeply saddened by this heartbreaking loss. Mr. Coleman was one of the best that @5000RoleModels had working with our boys,” Congresswoman Frederica Wilson wrote on Twitter.
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SOURCE: Insider, Sophia Ankel