Belmond-Klemme’s talented and gifted teacher, Jason Englert, 38, died unexpectedly over the weekend of Nov. 7-8.

  Englert was new to B-K this fall. B-K Superintendent Dan Frazier released a statement:

  “Mr. Englert took a Covid-19 test with the rest of the faculty and staff on Nov. 2. On Nov. 5 he received word that his test was positive, although he remained asymptomatic. He left school early that afternoon (Thursday).

  “When Jason failed to respond to his father’s telephone calls, his father drove from Royal and asked for the assistance of the Belmond police in doing a welfare check.

  “Jason was found alone in his home at mid-afternoon on Sunday. Initial indicators suggest a possible heart attack on Friday or Saturday, as he seemed to have passed quickly.

  “He recently completed advanced certification allowing him to teach talented and gifted education. He was delighted to come to Belmond-Klemme and lead our TAG program. Jason had a cheerful demeanor and a positive attitude, and he had wonderful rapport with his students.”