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Demetria Bannister: Third grade teacher dies of coronavirus in South Carolina



Demetria Bannister was diagnosed with the virus on Friday and died on Monday. The 28-year-old had taught at Windsor Elementary School in Columbia for five years, the CNN subsidiary WIS reported. She began her third year of third-grade students practically on August 31st.

In addition to teaching, Bannister was enthusiastic about music and worked with the school choir on various projects. She also hosted a student club for aspiring singers.

“Known as the Windsor’s songbird, Ms. Bannister used her musical talents to bring great joy to our school,” said Denise Quickel, director of Windsor Elementary.

At a school attendance event last year, she wrote a song about the importance of not missing classes based on “Old Town Road,”

; rapper Lil Nas X’s popular song.

“The song and video were a huge hit with our school family,” said Quickel. “Ms. Bannister loved her students and never missed an opportunity to advocate for students and public education.”

Demetria Bannister, 28

She was at school on August 28th

The school district was told that she tested positive for coronavirus on Friday. The procedures for disinfection, contact tracing, and notification of close contacts followed.

The contact tracing and notification was based on the last time she was in elementary school, August 28, the school district said. She started the school year three days later, practically teaching her students from home.

“While she passed away too soon, Ms. Bannister’s legacy lives on through the lives of the students she taught during her five years as dedicated educators,” said Baron R. Davis, superintendent of Richland School District Two.

School district officials said their parents allowed them to share the information to remind others of the risk of coronavirus. Counseling services are provided for staff and students at Windsor Elementary School.

As of January, US health officials have recorded more than 6.3 million Covid-19 cases and more than 191,000 deaths. South Carolina had more than 126,000 infections and over 2,900 deaths.


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