COLUMBIA, S.C. (WMBF) – South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is making sure schools have the proper equipment to make sure students and teachers are safe when they head back to class.
The governor announced on Wednesday that South Carolina will purchase and distribute $10 million worth of personal protective equipment (PPE) and supplies to 70 school districts. The $10 million being used is part of the $155 million that the General Assembly allocated for the state COVID-19 relief fund. The General Assembly authorized the governor to direct funds at his discretion to “protect the health, safety and welfare of the public as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“Getting our children back into the classroom is vital for the continued growth of our state,” McMaster said. “Securing this PPE will ensure that each school has the resources needed to succeed in providing a safe environment for both students and faculty.”
Seventy of South Carolina’s 81 districts requested PPE funding. One of the schools receiving PPE is Johnsonville Middle School. McMaster will be there on Friday to deliver the supplies to the school.
The state will distribute the following PPE and supplies to school districts:
- 248,000 Adult and student masks
- 600,000 Cloth masks
- 80,000 KN95 masks
- 150,000 Face shields
- 46,000 Gloves
- 237,000 Gowns for nurses
- 12,000 Cases of disinfecting wipes
- 11,000 Gallons of hand sanitizer
WMBF News asked how many PPE and supplies did Horry County Schools request from the state.
A spokesperson for the South Carolina Department of Education sent this list of items requested by HCS:
- 75,000 Student cloth masks (PreK-5th)
- 125,000 Adult cloth maks (6th-12th and staff)
- 2,500 Gowns for nurse’s office
- 110 Boxes (100 quantity) of large non-latex gloves
- 110 Boxes (100 quantity) of XL non-latex gloves
- 7,500 Canisters of disinfecting wipes (35 wipes per canister)
- 600 KN95 masks
- 35,000 Adult non-medical disposable face masks
- 15,220 Child non-medical disposable face masks
- 375 Safety goggles; adult size
- 3,000 16 oz. bottles of hand sanitizer
- 2,500 Adult-size face shields
- 50 Youth size face shields
- 500 cases of paper towels (6 rolls per case)
The state said that HCS has also purchased additional items with local funds. WMBF News has reached out to HCS to learn more about those additional supplies.