Kelso parent asks district for more transparency after teacher dies from COVID | Education


James never missed a family picnic, loved church, Disney and singing, and “had a great passion for teaching and a genuine love for his students that lasted a lifetime.”

Buck said James also found great joy in his cats and “often posted pictures and anecdotes of their adventures and misdeeds on social media, and if you were friends with her there you felt like you knew the personality of his cats “.

“Karen was absolutely full of life and her death was completely unexpected,” Buck said. “It came as a shock to all of us.”

News of his death from COVID-19 was shared on the “Cowlitz County Covid-19 Updates” Facebook page and prompted questions about why not all students in his class were quarantined or notified. of the exhibition.

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“We want to be clear, this is not a protest, a political statement, nor a comment on Miss James herself, who was a beloved teacher and member of the community. There is only one goal here, and that is to get the Kelso School District to be honest and transparent about COVID outbreaks in schools, especially when it comes to Miss James’ class, which has not yet been counted or recognized as a school-based epidemic, ”the Page said Thursday afternoon.

According to the Kelso School District COVID-19 Dashboard, which only includes student-to-student COVID-19 cases caused by transmission at school, one of those cases was reported to the School on Thursday. Barnes Elementary School, which resulted in the closure of a classroom. .


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