Hofmeister applauds Gov. for providing PPE

July 31, 2020 | Headlines

OKLAHOMA CITY — On Thursday Governor Kevin Stitt announced that the State of Oklahoma is allocating $10 million in federal CARES Act funding to supply Oklahoma schools with PPE in order to open safely for in-person learning.

Schools are an essential part of our society,” said Stitt. “It is critically important that they operate safely and effectively for all students. I am committed to providing our schools with the resources and support they need in order to welcome students back to the classroom while also prioritizing their health.”

Based on personnel data and requests from the State Department of Education, the State will be providing the following PPE to Oklahoma schools: 

  • 1.7 million reusable masks (two per teacher and student)
  • 42,000 clear face shields
  • 1.2 million pairs of disposable gloves
  • 1.2 million disposable gowns.

PPE will be distributed through the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management to regional warehouses across the state for school districts to pick up— with a goal to deliver PPE by Aug. 14. 

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister made the following remarks Thursday after the announcment. 

“It is critical that every effort be made for our kids and teachers to return to school, and the evidence is clear that face masks – along with face shields, gloves and gowns – are crucial for that to happen. COVID-19 has created difficult decisions that require schools to offer families a number of instructional delivery options that best meet their needs. We thank Gov. Stitt and his team for their work in helping to provide PPE to our schools.“