The Oswego School District 308 Board of Education voted unanimously Monday evening to award bids totaling $257,270 for personal protective equipment (PPE), including wipes and hand sanitizer, to be used by district staff and students when the district returns to in-person learning.
Currently, all of the district's 21 schools are closed due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and the district's more than 16,800 students and teachers are participating in remote online learning.
The PPE and other supplies and equipment will be used in district schools when either full in-person learning or modified in-person learning begins.
Christy Tyler, the district's chief financial officer, told the board the district's plan is to keep hand sanitizer in each classroom and in each office space.
Additional purchases will be made when the district needs to refill supplies, according to Tyler.
The board awarded bids to LubeMatrix totaling $24,297; Ink Jet at $2,442; two separate bids totaling $28,833 from Janco; and three bids from Unique totaling $201,698.
The board voted 5-2 during a special meeting Aug. 3 to begin the 2020-2021 school year under a "Remote For All" plan due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.
The board is expected to review the status of the Remote for All plan during a meeting set for Monday, Sept. 28.
In August, Theresa Komitas, the district director of communications and public relations, confirmed that the Remote For All plan will be in effect for six weeks from the start of the school year. The first day of class in the district was Aug. 24.