Natalia Chansler, a 6th grade social studies teacher at Connally Junior High in Elm Mott, Texas, died of complications from Covid-19 on Aug. 28, just days after she tested positive for the virus, according to an email sent to parents for Connally Independent School. Districts.
Chansler, 41, was not vaccinated because she had underlying health conditions and was trying to decide which vaccine would be best for her, her older sister, Annice Chansler, told CNN New Day on Friday.
“I was about to get vaccinated and of course that happened,” Annice Chansler said. “And then I was thinking a lot more, ‘Okay, when I get better again, I’ll go ahead and get vaccinated.’ But of course it happened before that. ‘
Chansler was last on campus on Aug. 25, according to the district.
Annice Chansler said her sister wore a mask even though there is no mask warrant in the district. Connally ISD recommends masks for students and staff.
He said his sister was nervous during the first wave of Covid-19 infections, adding, “When the variant arrived, she was even more nervous. But she had to work. She had no choice.”
Connally ISD closed all schools in the district after classes Monday in response to the deaths of Natalia Chansler and David A. McCormick, 59, who taught 7th grade social studies in high school.
McCormick died of Covid-19 on Aug. 24 and had last been on campus on Aug. 18, which was the first day of school, according to the district.
Neither teacher had identified close contact with a Covid-positive person on campus and the district has no definitive evidence of how they contracted the virus, Jill Bottelberghe told CNN Wednesday night by email at CNN, Connally ISD’s superintendent of human resources.
The district serves the towns of Lacy Lakeview and Waco and the communities of Elm Mott, Chalk Bluff and Gholson.
The closure would give the district the opportunity to thoroughly clean and disinfect all of its facilities and hopefully give anyone exposed to the virus the opportunity to isolate and recover, the district said in a statement. your ad.
He also canceled all extracurricular activities, including high school football games.
Face-to-face classes are scheduled to resume on Tuesday, after Labor Day holidays.
The district said the two teachers were loved and described their deaths as heartbreaking. District administrators brought counselors to support the students and help them cope with their loss.
Bottelberghe said that as of August 30, 165 positive Covid cases had been reported and that more cases had been identified in tests on Wednesday.
Annice Chansler said Natalia was the youngest girl of her ten siblings and described her as “a lover of fun” and “the best little sister I’ve ever had.”
He said his sister was calm, but had a welcoming personality.
“The students, the parents, anyone who met Natalia, they immediately liked it and they liked her personality,” he said.
Annice Chansler says some of her relatives who were reluctant to receive the shot are now vaccinated.
“They’ve made that move and I’m very proud of them for doing it. I hate that Natalia’s step has passed so they understand how important it is, but I’m glad they did,” he said. .