The state is using $10-million from the federal CARES Act to cover the cost of PPE for Oklahoma schools.
Oklahoma school districts should get their share of the items by Thursday August 20. In all the state will distribute 1.7 million reusable masks, 42,000 face shields, and more than a million gloves to 11 regional sites. Governor Kevin Stitt says this gear is important because we can't waste another school year.
"I believe it is so important we have in-person schools and we don't lose another year of education for our kids," said Stitt.
State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister says the PPE from the state is an addition to the gear districts should already have. So far the state has already helped 200 school districts. The Governor says he will not call for a mask mandate for schools.
He says the decision should be left to superintendents.