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LAE President Responds to Member Death related to COVID-19

DECEMBER 23, 2020 – BATON ROUGE, LA - Members of the Louisiana Association of Educators were saddened to learn about the sudden death of Lafayette-area member Ms. Michelle Suire due to complications brought on by COVID-19.

“On behalf of the members of the LAE, I would like to express our deepest condolences to the children, family, friends, and students of Ms. Suire,” said LAE President Dr. Tia Mills. “The death of an educator due to COVID-19 is a wakeup call that this virus is very real and has devastating impacts that ripple across our state. This tremendous loss to the Lafayette education community should serve as a reminder to all of us to never let our guard down. This virus is still here and very dangerous.”

LAE stands behind its local affiliate, the Lafayette Parish Association of Educators, in advocating for answers to the many questions and concerns educators, parents, and community members have surrounding the safety precautions being taken in our schools. Association leaders at the state and local level urge school district leaders across the state to examine the COVID-19 protocols currently in place and readjust as needed to follow the most up-to-date guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control. With a vaccine weeks – maybe months – away from public access, our schools must be steadfast in their efforts to protect educators and students, at all costs.

“Until the vaccine is available to our educators, who are working on the frontlines to serve our community, district and school leaders must continue to remain vigilant in their efforts to keep our school employees safe,” Dr. Mills said. “Until then, we must lift up and applaud the many brave women and men who continue to face the unknown as they place their lives on the line to serve our students and our communities.” 

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