Alberta Minister of Education Adriana LaGrange says Alberta has placed procurement order for reusable masks for students and staff for the 2020-21 school year.
Adriana LaGrange said orders totalling 1.7 million masks have been placed – one to IFR, an Alberta-based company, and the other to Old Navy. The total value of the mask contracts is $4.2 million.
LaGrange said, “Alberta has excelled at the urgent need to purchase PPE. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the POC has successfully procured more than six million masks, and the Pandemic Response Planning Team has also procured more than six million masks. This does not include the 185 million clinical masks purchased directly by Alberta Health Services. Forty million masks were also distributed directly to Albertans.”
The Alberta government has made masks mandatory for most students and staff when schools reopen in September. Students between Grades 4 to 12 and all staff will be required to wear masks in common areas, hallways and on buses. Children will not have to wear masks when sitting in class at a safe distance from others.
Masks will be optional for younger students.
LaGrange announced on August 4 that 1.6 million reusable masks will be provided to 740,000 students and 90,000 staff across the province. That will include two reusable masks for each student and staff member, and employees will also receive a plastic face shield for optional use.
Hand sanitizer will also be supplied, and each school will receive two contact−less thermometers for discretionary use.