WATERLOO, Ind. (WFFT) — A local school district will receive some help this year when it comes to supplying personal protective equipment to students, teachers and staff as schools return to the classroom amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Blueflame Medical, a medical supply and healthcare logistics company, announced that it will adopt the DeKalb County Central United School District and donate surgical masks and its new Doc Hygiene hand sanitizer packets in support of the District’s re-opening plan.
The donation will be made to the DeKalb Central Foundation.
Blueflame Medical will provide the school district with enough masks and Doc Hygiene hand sanitizer packets to outfit the District’s students and staff so they can be well prepared for the opening of school in the era of COVID-19.
Masks will be provided to students and staff on a daily basis for those who need a mask.
Each classroom will also have individual packets of Doc Hygiene hand sanitizer.
“We are proud to be adopting the DeKalb County Central United School District,” said President of Blueflame Medical John Thomas. “Nothing is more important to us than ensuring children and the heroes who teach them are safe as they return to school.”
“DeKalb County Central United School District, along with school districts nationwide, have worked tirelessly to ensure a safe and healthy environment for the return of students into our buildings," said the District's CFO Steve Snider. Additional resources are necessary to comply with elevated health and safety requirements. Unfortunately, the added expenses come with only a small amount of additional state and federal revenue to support these necessary measures. That is why at this time, we are extremely grateful to be embarking on an exciting new partnership with Blueflame Medical."
Snider said the new partnership will go a long way to help offset the costs of PPE the district would need to purchase in an already tight market.
Over the next few months, Thomas said Blueflame plans to work closely with DeKalb Central’s leaders and local health officials in the hopes of developing a set of best practices which the company hopes will be helpful to other school districts.
“Our hope is to create a public-private partnership that can be replicated in other school districts. In an era of chronically underfunded public schools, we hope to inspire other businesses to step up and help local school districts absorb the unexpected cost of providing PPE to students and staff,” said Thomas.
The group says DeKalb is the first school district they partnered with and will hope to expand after this year if all goes well.