Gov. Stitt announces PPE assistance for Oklahoma schools, plan to test teachers monthly

Gov. Stitt announces PPE plan for school year

OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Kevin Stitt held a news conference Thursday to announce the state’s plan to get Personal Protective Equipment to Oklahoma schools.

Stitt says the state will use $10 million in COVID-19 relief funds to provide PPE to public schools throughout the state.

Stitt announces PPE plan for Oklahoma schools

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Stitt says the state will provide the following:

  • 1.7 million reusable masks – two per teacher and two per 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 August 14.

Stitt also announced a Third Amended Executive Order 2020-20, directing the State Health Department to partner with the Oklahoma State Department of Education to develop a plan by August 21 for teachers to be tested for COVID-19 monthly.

“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,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister said after the announcement. “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.”