Meeting our Region’s Personal Protective Equipment Needs in the Face of a Pandemic


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School districts in King and Pierce counties received PPE in this collaborative purchase and distribution of pandemic mitigating supplies to ensure schools were able to follow health and safety protocols. 


When the COVID-19 pandemic struck in March 2020, school districts across the region struggled to find an adequate supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to meet the health and safety needs of students, staff, and families. 

Many school districts around the state asked their local ESDs for assistance in purchasing PPE for the coming school year.  Through the Association of Educational Service Districts (AESD), Washington’s nine ESDs assisted school districts across the state with this massive undertaking.  

PSESD facilitated two orders in the fall and spring of approximately 731,000 items of needed PPE for 84 public, private, and charter schools in our region.  

As truckloads of face shields, facial coverings, gloves, N95 masks, disinfecting wipes, reusable face shields, no-contact thermometers, and other forms of PPE began arriving in the spring of 2020, PSESD’s Conference Center quickly became a PPE warehouse.


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