Northside ISD has stepped up to heed the call in the need for personal protection equipment (PPE) and has donated hundreds of masks, gowns, and thermometers to local hospitals in the San Antonio area.
“With our school buildings closed right now, we realize that the immediate need is to help the healthcare workers in our hospitals,” said Jennifer Krueger, director of Health Services at Northside ISD.
“School districts typically have an abundance of some supplies in case an outbreak of some kind occurs when schools are in session,” Krueger added. “When the call by the city was made for donations of PPE, we immediately contacted our school nurses to collect what they had and we did a ‘drive-by’ drop off at a District location.”
Krueger then made arrangements to donate several hundreds of masks, isolation gowns, and thermometers to University Health System and the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council (STRAC).
“School districts have always been the hub of our community,” says Dr. Brian Woods, NISD Superintendent. “And our community needs us more than ever.”
“I challenge school districts across Bexar County, Texas, and even the United States to help their communities as well and donate what they can.”
“We are very grateful for the donation of these supplies at a critical time,” says Jennifer Sharpe Potter, Ph.D., M.P.H., professor of psychiatry and vice dean for research at Long School of Medicine at UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. “We are working to get the district’s inventory replenished as soon as possible.”
“The immediate and high need at this time is to outfit our healthcare workers with the equipment that they need so they can stop the spread of this virus,” Krueger said. “Now isn’t the time to hoard, now is the time to share.”