COLUMBIA, S.C. (WSAV) – Governor Henry McMaster announced that 70 South Carolina school districts will receive personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies to reopen safely.
“Getting our children back into the classroom is vital for the continued growth of our state,” McMaster said. “Securing this PPE will ensure that each school has the resources needed to succeed in providing a safe environment for both students and faculty.”
South Carolina has purchased $10 million worth of PPE to distribute to the school districts after the General Assembly allocated $155 million for the state COVID-19 relief fund.
“As schools welcome back students and staff to classrooms across South Carolina, it is crucial that they have the resources needed to protect against the spread of the coronavirus,” said State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman. “The statewide order of protective equipment announced today will help ensure that we have the safest learning environments possible.”
Statewide, 70 of South Carolina’s 81 districts requested PPE funding. The state will distribute the following PPE and supplies to the school districts:
- 248,000 adult and student masks
- 600,000 cloth masks
- 80,000 KN95 masks
- 150,000 face shields
- 46,000 gloves
- 237,000 gowns for nurses
- 12,000 cases of disinfecting wipes
- 11,000 gallons of hand sanitizer
The Department of Administration has coordinated the procurement of supplies with Superintendent Spearman and the Department of Education, the Department of Transportation, and the State Fiscal Accountability Authority. The Emergency Management Division helped provide masks, safety goggles, and gowns for school nurses.