Kalamazoo Public Schools buys 200,000 masks for students with federal COVID-19

KALAMAZOO, MI — Another 200,000 disposable masks are coming to Kalamazoo Public Schools with the help of federal COVID-19 relief funds.

The Board of Education approved the purchase of 200,000 disposable children’s disposable surgical face masks for students to use to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the schools.

The district will spend $35,880 of federal COVID-19 relief dollars from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief fund on the new masks for students, according to the purchase agreement approved by the board Thursday, Jan. 13.

KPS opened its classrooms in the fall after being closed for the entire 2020-21 school year due to the pandemic. Since then, the district has mandated masks for all students and employees while inside school buildings.

Since returning to school after the winter break on Monday, Jan. 3, the district has reported 135 COVID-19 cases among students and 66 cases among staff, according to the KPS dashboard.

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