A teacher from Wisconsin is warning others after she says her husband died from COVID-19 after she caught the virus at school and accidently infected him and his mother.
According to a close friend of Jeanne Hoffman’s who spoke to reporters on her behalf, Hoffman attempted to stay out of the school for as long as she could because her husband was considered “high-risk” if he contracted the virus. Despite Hoffman’s efforts, she had to return to teaching in the classroom in December once all of her medical leave days ran out.
Not even a week into being back in the classroom, Hoffman reportedly caught the virus and things turned deadly for her husband:
“Within a week and a half of reporting to work, Jeanne contracted COVID, which she then inadvertently passed on to both her mother and her husband. Although Jim fought really hard for 19 days, he did not make it through,” Kenosha Education Association President Tanya Kitts-Lewinski said.
Hoffman’s husband passed away on January 4th.
With the Kenosha School district scheduled to return to full in-person learning the following week, Hoffman spoke out against the decision to protect families like hers by writing a letter to be read at a school board meeting:
“Returning to in person before it safe to do so will lead to occurrences of more of the same tragedy that has needlessly struck my family,” Hoffman’s statement read.
The district released it’s own statement saying that anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms is required to stay home:
“The district has always required anyone with COVID symptoms or a positive COVID test result to remain at home and we intend to continue with this practice going forward,” a district spokesperson said in a statement.
Despite Hoffman’s objection and similar stories, the Kenosha School District made the decision to resume full in-person learning in January.