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State to distribute 125,000 KN95 masks to schools, child care providers

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A  one-time distribution of 125,000 KN95 masks to educators, students grades six and above, and childcare providers across the state has been announced.

Masks will be distributed to Delaware’s public, private, and parochial schools and childcare providers through school and childcare liaisons.

The KN95 masks screen are more effective than widely used cloth and surgical masks in stopping the smaller droplets from the fast-spreading Covid-19 Omicron variant.

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“There is nothing more important than making sure our children can remain learning in the classrooms,” said  Carney. “We have learned the importance of multi-layer masks and masks that fit snugly on your face. We hope that this mask distribution will help students and educators continue to slow the surge of Covid-19 as they have throughout the pandemic. Parents, families and teachers should expect more guidance from their schools about when they can pick-up their masks.”

Districts, charter schools, private schools, and child care facilities will receive KN95 masks from the state to support their in-person instruction efforts.

Child care providers will need to pre-register through a link that will be sent from the Delaware Department of Education. If you do not receive the email with the registration link by the close of business on Wednesday, Jan. 19, you can email mask.distribution@doe.k12.de.us to be assisted with the registration.

 “Our school and child care leaders are working hard to keep our buildings open for in-person learning through operational challenges caused by the current COVID-19 surge,” said Dr. Mark Holodick, secretary of the Delaware Department of Education. “This is another support to help them do that, and I appreciate the state prioritizing these masks for our children, educators, school staff and childcare workers.”

This announcement after Governor  signed a universal indoor mask mandate and extended the school mask requirement.

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