Some Parents React After Second Lancaster County Middle School Teacher Dies From COVID-19 Complications

LANCASTER, S.C. — Officials say a second middle school teacher has died from COVID-19 complications in Lancaster County.  South Middle School special education teacher Eleanor Mends passed away after battling COVID-19, according to school officials.

A statement from Lancaster County School District says:

We are saddened to learn of the passing of a second South Middle School staff member.  Special education teacher Eleanor Mends passed away from COVID complications.  Ms. Mends had many years of experience teaching and three years with Lancaster County School District.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Ms. Mends during this difficult time.  Counselors are available to students and staff at the school.  The district continues to follow guidance from the CDC and SC DHEC.  It is the district’s priority to keep students and staff safe.

Another special education teacher died earlier in the week from COVID-19 complications as well, according to school officials.  That teacher’s name was not released to the public.

Some parents tell WCCB Charlotte the school should be shut down.

“Seeing these fatalities and they still don’t want to give these babies no virtual options?  That’s a problem for me,” says Jermesha Peay.

The Lancaster County School District says there are no plans at this time to close the school and go virtual.  Leaders say they are continuing to follow quarantine guidelines for all students and staff.