Fifty city school employees have died from the coronavirus, the Department of Education said Monday.
The DOE released the grim tally after weeks of pressure from the United Federation of Teachers and others to publicly release the number of COVID-19 fatalities in the school system.
The current total includes 21 teachers, 22 para-professionals, two administrators, a guidance counselor, a food-service worker and two central-office employees, the DOE said.
The DOE, which said it will update the school system’s death count each week, also reported the coronavirus-related passing of a staffer at a city “enrichment center” for children of essential workers and select other groups.
“This is painful news for too many of our communities — each number represents a life, a member of one our