Small cities in their own right, school districts cannot educate children without a variety of professionals working together to keep a building operating.
Each school needs its teachers and counselors, its custodians, coaches, bus drivers and monitors, its cafeteria workers, attendance clerks and so much more.
Across Kentucky, schools have suffered the loss of at least 30 employees due to the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, though there are at least 30 more whose cause of death could not be confirmed by The Courier Journal.
They were the ones who advised against bullying and cheered touchdowns from the sidelines. They made sure students who arrived hungry had enough sustenance to make it through their classes and when schools shuttered, they turned their operations mobile.
Tasked with preparing the next generation — the pandemic proved to be the most trying time in their profession. Some fell victim very short