36-year-old NYC school principal dies of coronavirus complications

A New York City school principal died Monday from complications due to the coronavirus, becoming the first reported public school official in the U.S. to die from the disease.

Education news nonprofit Chalkbeat reported Tuesday that the Council of Schools Supervisors and Administrators informed union members in a letter that the principal of Brooklyn Democracy Academy had died Monday evening.

“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,” read the CSA's statement.


Romain's death was confirmed by New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza, who said in a statement that he extended his "deepest condolences" to faculty and students, as well as Romain's family.

“This is painful for all of us, and I extend my deepest condolences to the Brooklyn Democracy Academy community, and the family of Principal Romain,” he said. “We’ll be there for the students and staff through whatever means necessary during this impossibly difficult time."

The president of Brooklyn's borough, Eric Adams, praised Romain's commitment to struggling students in a statement to Chalkbeat.

“Too many in our society have written off the young scholars under her stewardship, but where others saw problems she saw promise and potential,” Adams said. “The loss of Principal Romain is particularly painful for the Brooklyn Democracy Academy family, our larger public school community, and a borough grateful for her service.”

New York has been hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak. As of Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) reported upwards of 25,000 confirmed cases of the virus, with the majority of them concentrated in the five boroughs of New York City. 

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