Sarasota High teacher passes away due to COVID-19

Sarasota High teacher passes away due to COVID-19
(Source: Sarasota Schools)

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - A Sarasota High School teacher has passed away after contracting COVID-19, school officials confirm to ABC7.

Social studies teacher Robert Shackelford was beloved among his colleagues and students, Principal David Jones said in a statement. Details about when Shackelford contracted COVID-19 have not been released.

“When we at school heard of Robert’s passing, we were saddened beyond belief. There was a feeling that passed among us, a feeling that his death has left us with a void that can never be entirely filled,” wrote Principal Jones. “Our sorrow is abiding, and perhaps one of the few consolations we have is the knowledge that we were privileged to know and work with Robert over the years.”

Jones went on to praise Shackelford for his intelligence and integrity.

In addition to teaching, Shackelford also coached athletics at Sarasota High School.

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