INDIANAPOLIS — While schools have been preparing their safety plans and protocols to welcome back students, another group of people has been working to make sure every student and teacher in the state has the necessary personal protective equipment.
And it's a pretty big job. Boxes and boxes full of hand sanitizer and face masks have been procured by the state to be shipped out by Langham Logistics.
The goal is to make sure PPE is there for day one of the school year so that masks can be distributed to students and teachers right away. Right now, Langham Logistics is prioritizing shipments by when districts open. Usually, the company is in the business of shipping all sorts of stuff.
And while those packages are also handled with care, the team knows these shipments re going to be vital to Hoosiers across the state, giving them peace of mind as kids return to school.
"You know moving a lawnmower is important because somebody wants to really make their yard look nice, but this is like a whole different beast you know, 'cause I want to make sure that my kids have a mask and the teachers have a mask, and the educators have a mask to try to reduce the spread of covid because these kids have to go back to school," Nick Hoagland, director of client success at Langham Logistics, said.
By Friday, Langham Logistics will have shipped out around 2.3 million masks to almost 500 schools across that state. And there's still more to send out in the coming weeks.