28-Year-Old Teacher Dies of COVID-19 Two Weeks After Face-To-Face Classroom Classes Started

Sep 23rd, 2020

Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic started, we have heard plenty of stories from all across the globe. Some of them are good, but there are others that truly broke our hearts. During this crisis, there are people out there who risk their deserves the recognition for their efforts.

Since the back-to-school season started, many families were being careful whether to have their kids attend school or not. The virus is still here and letting kids go back to school and mingle with their classmates and other students puts them at a higher risk of contracting the virus.

Parents and children have a choice, but for teachers who do not want to lose their job, they need to go back to school despite the danger that the virus brings to their lives. One talented teacher from South Carolina sadly lost her life due to the coronavirus.

Demetria “Demi” Bannister, 28, was a third-grade teacher at Windsor Elementary School in Columbia, South Carolina.

Demi was the schools’ songbird not only because of how she could creatively captivate her students with her music, but also because she wrote a song to the tune of Old Town Road that encourages the students to have a good attendance.

In late August, Demi came back to school to start to prepare her classroom before the school year opens. However, two weeks later, she died due to the complications of COVID-19. Demi passed away just three days after she got tested positive for the virus.

Demi chose a career in healthcare, but later on found that teaching was her calling. She was just starting her fifth year of teacher at the said elementary school. This was supposed to be her third year to teach third grade. Despite the pandemic, she was getting herself prepared for the new school year that started last August 28th. Unfortunately, it turned out to be her last day at school.

This talented teacher was there for her last teacher workday before the Richland School District Two started classed virtually on August 31. Nobody expected that her students would only know her for a few days. On September 4, Demi tested positive of COVID-19. And just a couple of days later, she did not survive the complications of the virus.

After the school district received the news that Demi’s test turned out to be positive, they acted right away. They started contact tracing and notified those who have come into contact with her. They also made sure that the school building was properly sanitized even though the schools are already starting classes online.

The Richland School District Two was given permission by Demi’s parents to share her story. They are hoping that her passing would serve as a wake-up call to others who are not fazed by what the virus can do. According to the school district, the family “wishes to remind others about the seriousness of this disease caused by the coronavirus.”

Demi’s uncle spoke with BuzzFeed News regarding her niece’s tragic death. He said, “I’m just hopeful that her death will be a reminder to the public that this coronavirus is mean, it’s nasty, it does not discriminate, and that it’s devastating… It disrupts families’ lives.”

In mid-September, students are required to return to in-person classes.