World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 29 Mar, 2021 06:15 am

Beloved Maryland math teacher dies of COVID-19 after school reopened

Beloved Maryland math teacher dies of COVID-19 after school reopened
Mary Laurenzano’s death is a direct result of the criminal push by the Biden administration and Maryland’s Republican Governor Larry Hogan to reopen schools before the pandemic is contained.

In 2018, she was a Wicomico County Teacher of the Year semifinalist and a year earlier was honored by a local television station as a “Teacher Who Makes A Difference.Schools in Wicomico County had been virtual throughout the 2020-2021 school year, but after Hogan’s announcement the school system began a rapid reopening in early February.Neither Bennett Middle School, the Wicomico County school system, nor published press accounts have even noted that she died of COVID-19.The Wicomico County Education Association (WCEA) has issued no statement at all about Laurenzano’s death.

Another Wicomico County teacher informed the WSWS that the school system will be open for daily in-person instruction in mid-April.Mary Laurenzano, a math teacher at Bennett Middle School in Fruitland, Maryland, died of COVID-19 on March 22.

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