Madison (WQOW) - With the goal of getting kids back in the classroom this fall, and keeping them safe and healthy when they get there, Governor Tony Evers announced the state is sending supplies to help the cause.
Evers said Wisconsin Emergency Management will start sending more than 2 million face masks and more than 4,200 infrared thermometers to K-12 public, charter and private schools.
“Whether it's a school, cheese plant, or restaurant, we are doing everything we can to ensure that everyone has access to the essential resources and PPE (personal protective equipment) they need to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said Gov. Evers. “As our economy continues to reopen, we know businesses want to protect their customers and workers, and schools across our state are preparing to reopen safely for our kids, educators, and staff, so these efforts now are critically important to ensure they have the resources and supplies they need to keep folks safe.”
Evers said a survey was sent to school districts in mid-June to determine interest in PPE. He said at least 398 public school districts, 23 charter schools and 617 private schools said they would be interested in receiving PPE.
In a press call on Tuesday, the governor was asked if he would consider a statewide mask requirement.
"I don't know if I have the authority to do that," Evers said, pointing to the Supreme Court's order that struck down his Safer-at-Home order.