FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Fort Price ISD has confirmed two of their workers members have handed away this week as a result of COVID-19.
It’s not clear if both of the workers members caught COVID-19 on campus or if both had underlying well being situations.
Based on a Fb submit from Southwest Excessive Faculty, it seems one of many two deaths occurred on Monday, Sept. 13.
Richard Zarza was an engineering and robotics instructor, who the college district mentioned handed away from COVID-19 after 4 years instructing at Southwest Excessive.
Principal John Engle mentioned, “Richard was a tremendous educator. His ardour for scholar success was evident in each a part of our engineering program. His legacy will reside on by the quite a few lives he impacted.”
The identify of the opposite workers member or college that particular person labored at has not been confirmed by the district.
“It’s devastating. Any time an worker loses their life to a illness that might be prevented by social distancing, carrying a masks, vaccines, it’s completely devastating,” mentioned Steven Poole, the Govt Director of United Educators Affiliation.
For the reason that begin of the 12 months, Fort Price ISD has had 476 optimistic worker instances, and no constant masks mandate.
Poole mentioned it’s a daunting actuality many lecturers face.
“Each time they stroll into the classroom they’re placing their well being on the road,” he mentioned.
He mentioned they’re receiving extra calls than common this 12 months of lecturers inquiring about ending their contracts. A lot of whom are petrified of getting COVID-19 themselves.
“I can see the instructor turnover price rising not solely in Fort Price however in different districts throughout the state. That is one thing we’re going to must reside with the long run results of.”