Some personal protective equipment delayed for area school districts

Some personal protective equipment delayed for area school districts

Update: An Edna ISD school district official confirmed via social media that the remaining PPE arrived Tuesday after the governor’s visit. 

VICTORIA, Texas – Area school districts have either already started their school year or they’re preparing to do so.

Governor Greg Abbbot was joined by chief Nim Kidd of the Texas Division of Emergency Management during his visit to Victoria Tuesday.

Kidd said if there have been any delays to personal protective equipment, school districts are free to purchase their own, and later request reimbursement from the state and the federal government.

Last week, Edna ISD Superintendent Robert O’Connor said, while they have received PPE from the state, they were still waiting on face shields and thermometers, not anticipating those arriving before mid-September.

Edna ISD was one of the first school districts in the state to start school face-to-face.

During the press conference, Kidd said, they would be in touch with Edna ISD this week.

An Edna ISD school district official confirmed via social media that the remaining PPE arrived Tuesday after the governor’s visit.

On Wednesday, Victoria ISD Superintendent Quintin Shepherd shared his concerns about receiving just 10 masks per student from the state. Shepherd also shared that laptops needed for remote instruction have also been delayed for arrival no earlier than mid-October.

Victoria ISD plans to begin remotely on August 18th and face-to-face after the Labor Day Holiday on September 8th.

During the press conference, Kidd said there are 46 warehouses full of PPE and that there is no shortage in sight.

Is your school district still waiting on portions of promised PPE from the state?

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