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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Roger Marshall (1st District of Kansas)

WASHINGTON – The Department of Health and Human Services today announced it would be sending 125 million cloth masks to schools to aid in the continued reopening and safe return to classroom instruction. The announcement builds on funding, testing and other assistance provided to schools by this Administration. 

“I firmly believe that our students should be in school and sitting in front of a teacher and not a computer screen,” said U.S. Congressman Roger Marshall, M.D. “Forcing students to remain at home puts a strain on families, students, teachers and has already shown to impact learning and cognitive development in our children. We must do all we can to safely return all children to the classroom.” 

Masks will be provided to schools in both adult and children sizes and will be prioritized for low-income, high-need districts. To date, school districts in Kansas have received funding assistance through the CARES Act, on-site, rapid testing and waivers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that allow them to provide free meals to all students with additional flexibilities in how and where those meals can be served.