Ohio distributes 2 million face masks to schools

Ohio distributes 2 million face masks to schools
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School districts should contact their regional ESC on how to take possession of the masks.

                        

The Ohio Emergency Management Agency, in cooperation with the Ohio Department of Education, received 2 million face masks this week for Ohio school children, teachers and administrators.

These donated masks were made available to the State of Ohio from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and will be available to Ohio school districts through regional Educational Service Centers.

​The local ESC, East Central Ohio Educational Service Center, is handling the distribution of roughly 100,000 masks. It will be able to distribute those masks to its member districts.

“This donation helps provide masks for students, teachers and other school staff as they plan for the coming school year,” Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said. “Mask wearing is one of the ways to help slow the spread of COVID-19, along with frequent hand washing and maintaining social distancing.”

These KN-95 or KN-90 masks are not medical grade, according to FEMA and Ohio EMA. There are about 12,000 masks per each shipping pallet. In total the masks fill eight semi-tractor trailers.

“With the opening of schools around the corner, we’re delighted these masks will be put to good use by Ohio schools,” Ohio EMA executive director Sima Merick said.

“The donated masks are another way the department and so many education partners are working to ensure the health and safety of students, educators and staff when school buildings reopen,” state superintendent of public instruction Paolo DeMaria said.

The masks were received by Ohio EMA, a division of the Ohio Department of Public Safety, last Monday and are being distributed to certain ESCs this week. School districts should contact their regional ESC on how to take possession of the masks.


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