Letter from Chancellor Carranza
Thu, Apr 23 3:21pm

April 23, 2020 Dear P.S. 372 The Children’s School Community, It is with profound sadness that I write to share my condolences on the passing of Vanessa Burkett, an educational assistant who had been with P.S. 372 for three years and the New York City Department of Education for four years. Your Principal Rosa Amato describes Ms. Burkett as “full of love, energy, and enthusiasm. Our children adored her so much that she usually had the arms of one around her. She was also a great colleague filled with ideas who listened and cheered us up with her endless positivity and humor. There was no better person to celebrate with when you had good news.” Such a loss would be heartbreaking during the best of times, but it is unbearable during this period of extraordinary uncertainty and anxiety. Please know that I am here for you and that my first priority is to make every effort to keep all of our students and school communities safe and healthy. We are ensuring counseling and other critical supports are available for every student, staff member, and family member in your school community. Again, we are profoundly saddened by this loss and extend our deepest condolences to Ms. Burkett’s family. We are all struggling with this disorienting experience, with our shared sense of confusion and grief, and it’s more important than ever to provide support to one another. We’ll be there for you through whatever means necessary during this difficult time. Yours sincerely, Richard A. Carranza Chancellor New York City Department of Education