Jeff Burlew, Tallahassee Democrat
Released 7: 02 p.m. ET Aug. 11, 2020 | Upgraded 10: 42 a.m. ET Aug. 12, 2020
People with ties have reported Examples of the coronavirus to Fort Braden.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The mother of Jordan Byrd, a 19-year-old custodian at a Tallahassee college that died of COVID-19, has herself died of the virus, further raising concerns about the state-mandated reopening of the school’s district, set for later this month.
Jacqueline Byrd, a former Fort Braden School worker, died Monday morning, according to loved ones. Her living son, Jacary Byrd, paid tribute to his mother and his brother .
“In my heart I will definitely miss you‼” he wrote. “You and Jordan Byrd have left me. I know that you both are having a good time in the Lord. Mommy I will definitely miss you.”
Jacqueline Byrd, 55, is the third person from the Fort Braden School community to die after contracting COVID-19. Her son Jordan, a school custodian who attended Fort Braden School as a child, died July 18.
Karen Bradwell, 53, who handled an after-school program at Fort Braden, died July 25per week later Jordan Byrd’s death. The daughter of bradwell was Jordan Byrd’s girlfriend.
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Fort Braden is a Pre-K through 8th grade school that is part of Leon County Schools. Jacqueline Byrd’s death comes less than three weeks prior to the planned conclusion of Leon County Schools. All colleges have been set to reopen Aug. 31; parents may choose to send their children to bodily classrooms or enrol them in electronic courses.
School Board members have agonized over how to safely reopen schools in the middle of a pandemic and are encouraging parents to utilize an electronic academy choice to keep their kids at home.
“Balancing the demand for our children to be back in school with the necessity to keep our employees members safe is what keeps me up at night,” superintendent Rocky Hanna formerly said. “Sometimes I really feel like we’re trying to handle and control the uncontrollable.”
Fort Braden School leader Jimbo Jackson, who also serves as a county commissioner, has announced he can’t support the bodily reopening of classrooms — a measure Florida has falsified. Jackson and many family members are recovering after testing positive for COVID-19, a identification Jackson first announced in early July.
“With great respect to our governor and state leaders, I have to check into the eyes of my school family of students and educators and say I cannot guarantee your safety in this environment,” Jackson said in an email announcing Bradwell’s death. “That’s a huge responsibility and causes me to wonder who’s next? I cannot sit idly by and wait to mourn with another family.”
Jacqueline Byrd, who headed by”Jackie,” functioned in Fort Braden Schools for years prior to her retirement.
Contributing: Joel Shannon, USA TODAY; Practice on Twitter: @JeffBurlew