Schools have started opening up their doors for the first time since coronavirus broke out, and many teachers are worried about what this will mean for both their health and their students.
Sadly, a teacher has now died after catching coronavirus just days after she started back at school…
The low pay and never-ending workload are tempting, we have to say!
And the fact is, they consistently go unappreciated.
During the current coronavirus pandemic.
Many are facing a truly horrendous decision.
Which is almost too tragic to contemplate.
The move had divided opinion among parents and students.
As over 100,000 children have now tested positive for coronavirus.
And have taken to Twitter to express their views.
There seems no way for the school system to deal with this.
It does all seem like a disaster waiting to happen.
It boggles the mind.
Less than two weeks after she started back at the school in preparation to teach her third-grade class.
She started teaching her class virtually on Aug 31 after being at the school on Aug 28 to set the classroom up for the term. Bannister tested positive for coronavirus on Sept. 4 and died just three days later.
“I’m just hopeful that her death will be a reminder to the public that this coronavirus is mean, it’s nasty, it does not discriminate, and that it’s devastating,” Bannister’s uncle, Heyward Bannister said. “It disrupts families’ lives.”
He could always tell that she was a “spirited person” someone who wanted to nurture others and help them grow.
“She was a little bit of a prankster too… always getting my nieces and nephews in trouble,” Heyward recalled.
“She had the temperament and the interest in elevating, cultivating, and molding young minds,” he said.
“She was teaching before she even became a teacher,” said Jones, who grew up with Bannister. “She was always the teacher and my cousins and I would be the students.”
She was also known for being a gifted singer…
“She could sing like an angel,” Heyward said.
“Known as Windsor’s Songbird, Ms. Bannister used her musical talents to bring a great deal of joy to our school,” said Denise Quickel, the principal of Windsor Elementary.
“I feel bad that she was by herself,” Jones said. “No one could talk to her.”
Heyward revealed that was the hardest part of it all, “there doesn’t seem to be closure.”
And was taking all the precautionary measures to ensure both her safety and her kids during the pandemic.
The state has informed that students are required to be back in school by mid-September, although that poses risks to all teachers and students involved.
Despite Bannister taking all the possible precautions, she still got COVID-19. “Being in school is not a good idea for anyone,” she said.
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