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Brooklyn principal dies due to complications from coronavirus, union says

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Posted at 9:57 PM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-26 12:14:13-04

BROOKLYN — A Brooklyn principal has died due to complications from coronavirus, officials confirmed Monday night.

Dezann Romain was principal of Brooklyn Democracy Academy, according to a spokesman for the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators (CSA.) There have been 125 COVID-19 deaths in New York City.

“This is painful for all of us, and I extend my deepest condolences to the Brooklyn Democracy Academy community, and the family of Principal Romain," Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza said. "We’re all experiencing a deep sense of confusion, uncertainty and sadness and it’s more important than ever to provide support to one another. We’ll be there for the students and staff through whatever means necessary during this impossibly difficult time."

The CSA asked for people to keep Principal Romain in their thoughts and to "continue to do everything possible to keep yourselves and your loved ones safe during this health crisis."

Transfer Schools Superintendent Paul Rotondo told Chalkbeat that Romain was in her 30s and that he was “absolutely devastated at the loss of such a young, dedicated professional woman.”