A New York City principal losses her life because of complications of the COVID-19, officials said. Dezann Romain, 36, is the first known public school staff member to lose battle from the virus.
Romain worked at Brooklyn Democracy Academy, a transfer high school for overage or under-credited students. A union representing New York City’s school supervisors and administrators announced this.
“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,” the Council of Schools Supervisors and Administrators said in a statement obtained by Chalkbeat, a nonprofit news website that covers education.
New York City school chancellor Richard Carranza says, “it is painful for all of us” and extended his condolences to the Brooklyn Democracy Academy and Romain’s family.
“We’ll be there for the students and staff through whatever means necessary during this impossibly difficult time,” he said in a statement to CBS New York.
Councilman Mark Treyger, who is the chair of the city’s education committee, mourned the loss of Romain and called out city agencies for their response to the coronavirus pandemic.
“This needs to serve as a wake-up call for DOHMH, DOE, and City Hall around their collective response to COVID-19 cases in school buildings, even as students are learning from home,” Treyger tweeted.
It is unclear if Romain had any underlying health conditions. She is one of 125 New York City residents to lose battle from COVID-19.