(The Center Square) — Elementary and secondary school students and teachers across the state will receive new masks, Delaware Gov. John Carney said.
The governor announced the distribution of 125,000 KN95 masks on a Tuesday afternoon Press release as part of an effort to ensure students stay in the classroom.
The masks are a one-time distribution and will be sent to schools for students in grades six and up to use. Masks are also being sent to childcare providers, in addition to public and private schools and parochial schools.
“There is nothing more important than making sure our children can continue to learn in the classrooms,” Carney said in the statement. “We learned the importance of multi-layered masks and masks that fit your face perfectly. We hope this distribution of masks will help students and educators continue to slow the progression of COVID-19 as they have throughout the pandemic. Parents, families and teachers should expect more guidance from their schools on when they can collect their masks.
According to the statement, KN95 masks will be made available to staff members as needed or upon request, adding to the school’s mitigation efforts to keep students in the classroom and reduce quarantines. Masks are distributed based on the number of employees in schools and the number of students in grades six and up.
The state is asking child care providers to pre-register for masks through a link that will be emailed by the Department of Education. Suppliers, if they do not receive the link by Wednesday, can email email@example.com to receive registration assistance.
“Our school and child care leaders are working hard to keep our buildings open for in-person learning through the operational challenges caused by the current surge of COVID-19,” said Dr. Mark Holodick, secretary of the Delaware Department of Education, in the release. . “This is another support to help them do that, and I appreciate the state prioritizing these masks for our children, educators, school staff, and educators.”