Groups Work To Get More PPE For Norman Teachers

Tuesday, September 29th 2020, 5:45 pm
By: Tevis Hillis

NORMAN, Oklahoma -

Some parents, teachers and activist groups across Norman are working together to obtain PPE for teachers at Norman Public Schools as they return to in-person learning.

"We are hearing from teachers that they don't have access to it. They ask the district, and the district says ask your site administration," said Helen Grant, a Norman parent.

Parents protested the district and said kids need to be learning in-person.

The district is now working to have all kids back in the classroom by October 12, but teachers are pointing to the county's orange level 2 rating and said they do not feel safe returning.

"We have been hearing from a bunch of teachers that they are scared. Don't feel like there has been a lot of transparency, and parents feel that way, too," said Grant.

In August, the state promised $10 million of PPE to be distributed to schools across the state.

The district said they have provided two face coverings for every employee.

In every classroom, they have provided disinfecting spray, hand sanitizer, and thermometers, but parents told News 9 the amount of PPE provided so far is disappointing to teachers.

"Teachers have gotten some, but they are not what they are expecting," said Grant.

The state distributed 1.7 million reusable masks, 42,000 face shields, 1.2 million gloves and 1.2 million gowns to schools statewide.

But a Norman group said they are still working to fill the district's needs.

"As far as we know, the staff upfront will have the plexiglass, but right now, teachers and students do not have the same barrier system at their desk," said Grant.

News 9 was told disinfecting sprays and wipes are some of the most requested items.

Donations can be dropped off from 4 to 9 p.m. at Commonspace Game Cafe and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Stash.