Byrne on PPE Shipment: Trump Administration Working Hard for Safe School Return
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) released the following statement announcing that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will provide over 2.4 million masks to Alabama schools.
Byrne said: "The loss of a year of in-class instruction can cost a student tens of thousands of dollars in lifetime earnings, and students from lower and middle income households are the most vulnerable. It is critical we do all we can to ensure the safe return of students to a classroom setting, and I thank the Trump Administration for its vigilance in ensuring our schools have the resources they need."
HHS will provide up to 125 million cloth face masks, half adult sized and half youth sized, to states for distribution to schools. These masks will be allocated according to the share of students from low-income families in each state. The cloth face masks will be distributed in two shipments, starting in early September 2020.
The U.S. Department of Education has also provided $216.9 million to Alabama for elementary and secondary education, in addition to providing $48.9 million from the Governor's Emergency Relief Fund. So far this year, Alabama has received 2.2 million N-95 masks, 2.6 million surgical and procedural masks, 120,000 eye and face shields, 660,000 isolation and surgical gowns, and 880,000 medical gloves through private sector, state, and federal collaboration.