TEA announces PPE distribution, Makes usage of PPE optional

After first announcing that they will purchase and distribute personal protective equipment (PPE) for each district, the TEA has updated the amounts of PPE they were planning to procure. The new numbers show a marginal increase in the total number of masks as compared to the original amounts the TEA had planned to acquire. The PPE was allotted to districts on a per pupil basis.

In addition to the updated numbers, the TEA also announced that districts will not be required to use the PPE provided to them and clarified that the PPE is simply an optional resource, signaling that Mike Morath and the TEA will follow Governor Greg Abbott’s largely hands-off approach to dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.