Plexiglass has become a popular back-to-school item along with the standard notebooks
Today’s blog is by Gayl Southard, Administrative Consultant for SafeSourcing.
Plexiglass has become a popular back-to-school item along with the standard notebooks and pencils this year. Schools and colleges are purchasing protective products in large quantities as they attempt to stop the spread of Coronavirus, as well as to calm the nerves of teachers, students, and parents. The average school district will spend $400,000 on products related to the pandemic, according to the Association of School Business Officials International. Through the Cares Act, $30.8 billion in funding was afforded to schools and colleges. Plexiglass manufacturers normally do not rely on the education sector as customers, but the pandemic has manufactures straining to meet the current demand. Manufacturers of plexiglass say it’s easier to provide plexiglass for retailers than it for schools districts across the state. Every school district has a different criteria, government regulations, and building code issues.
The manufacturers of tents for wedding venues and other special events are struggling to hire enough employees to keep up with the current demand. Schools and colleges are buying tents to use as outside classrooms. As an example, Pocantico Hills Central School District has installed two 30×30 foot tents as additional classrooms at its campus in New York’s Westchester County. Extra desks have been purchased in order to eliminate tables. Ventilation systems have been installed in each classroom.
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Amber Burton, WSJ, 9/4/2020