California’s Educators Mourn Death of Longtime Sacramento Teacher, CTA Member

Succumbs to Novel Coronavirus COVID-19

SACRAMENTO — The California Teachers Association joins the Sacramento community in mourning the death of a retired and longtime educator with the Sacramento City Unified School District who succumbed Monday to the novel Coronavirus COVID-19. Authorities have yet to release her name to the public and we will respect that in this statement. CTA President E. Toby Boyd released these comments today:

“As we navigate the uncertainty and drastic changes that come with dealing with the pandemic and its effects in our schools and communities, our hearts are heavy learning we have lost a valued local educator in our community to the COVID-19 Coronavirus. We join the Sacramento education community in mourning her loss and send our healing thoughts and prayers to the family, friends, and colleagues of our fellow educator who dedicated her life to inspiring and shaping the minds of students.

“Our first concern is always to keep our students, educators and their families safe and healthy, but this news reminds us that it is our older and most vulnerable populations who hold the highest risk of contracting the virus. On behalf of all those who have lost their lives since the Coronavirus onset, we ask that you join educators throughout the state in heeding the directives of authorities and health officials in order to minimize the spread of this disease.”

For online resources to help students, educators and parents, visit In order to protect CTA employees, all CTA offices will be closed beginning Wednesday through April 7 at the earliest. CTA Headquarters in Burlingame will be closed effective Tuesday to comply with countywide health recommendations. CTA staff will be working during this time, providing services remotely and virtually.

The 310,000-member California Teachers Association is affiliated with the 3 million-member National Education Association.