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Thursday, September 16, 2021, 8:59 PM

Karen Felts, finance and principal’s secretary at Tony Goetz Elementary School, has died, according to schools spokesman Steve Braun.

According to numerous staff members at the school, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals, Felts died from COVID.

Additional counseling services will be available for students and staff Friday and Monday at Tony Goetz, Braun said.

Meanwhile, the staffers who contacted MuskogeeNOW say the conditions at the school are daunting.

We have no mask mandate and we are horribly understaffed. Because … our superintendent will not mandate masking or quarantines, we have students in school that are positive for covid or who have been directly exposed. There are no safety protocols. Most secretaries supply their own Clorox wipes and Lysol and have to clean their own area. Sick students are babysat by secretaries waiting for parents to arrive.

The schools did not attribute Felts’ death to COVID, but multiple staffers did.