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Tennessee schools have already had 8 teachers and 2 students die of COVID-19

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Despite the number of schools resuming in-person learning nationwide, we are still in a pandemic. But, some states seem to forget this as they continue to debate whether masks should be required in schools. While some states are mandating masks, others struggle to decide what to do as parents refuse to allow their children to mask up.

In Tennessee specifically, parents have made national headlines for resorting to violence over school mask mandates. Parents in the state are more concerned with alleged infringements to their parental rights than their children’s safety. This has resulted in an increasing number not only of COVID-19 infections in Tennessee schools, but also teacher and student deaths.

As of this report, at least two students and eight teachers have died as a result of COVID-19. The number is expected to be higher for both students and teachers, as no government or private agency is currently keeping a count of deaths, the Tennessee Lookout reported.

Of the eight public school employees who died, three were elementary school teachers, one a pre-K assistant, one a cafeteria worker, one a bus driver, and two were high school teachers. According to spokesman Brian Blackley, the state Department of Education does not keep track of COVID-19 deaths of school employees, nor does the Tennessee Education Association. The reported deaths were confirmed through family and community members.

“This isn’t the first time we are seeing educators die as a result of COVID,” Tennessee Education Association president Beth Brown said Wednesday. “We’ve also lost students. We have families, communities, schools who are grieving. As we consider the losses and we consider the very real grief folks are experiencing, let’s not let it be politicized. Educators are such pillars of our communities and........

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