Charles City schools teacher with COVID-19 dies

Amid the Charles City school district reverting back to the hybrid model for grades 7-12, it was announced that a teacher from the high school, who was diagnosed with COVID-19 back in September, has died.

The district sent out a release that explained that Special Education Teacher Darla Arends – a employee of CCHS for 25 years – had died.

The release reads:

“Ms. Arends touched the lives of many students, parents and staff as a special education teacher. Her reach went well beyond her classroom and students, serving as a mentor for her Charles City Family. She is a beloved and valuable member of our family, and she will be deeply missed.”

When asked why Arends was a teacher, she responded, “to help students become themselves.”

The district also said they encourage students or staff to call the school and ask to speak to a counselor if they need to talk at: 641-257-6510.

Arends visitation will be on November 10th from 5-7 p.m. at the Fredregill Family Funeral Home (Zearing, Iowa).


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