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Mask and Thermometer Allocations to Schools

Monday, June 15, 2020

The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) and the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) are partnering to distribute cloth masks and infrared thermometers to Wisconsin schools. Each public school district and non-district charter school will receive a one-time allocation of cloth masks and infrared thermometers using a formula based upon enrollment (see the attached table). Private schools will also be contacted about receiving masks and thermometers using a separate process.

The allocation of cloth masks is intended to provide a supply for students and staff and account for the need to replace masks as they are lost or damaged. Cloth masks will be shipped in boxes of 500. Each box includes 100 packages of 5 masks. The masks are one-size-fits-all. Photos of both masks and thermometers are attached at the end of this email.

To facilitate delivery and confirm the desire to receive the masks and thermometers, you will need to complete a brief survey by June 24 (or The survey requests the following information:

  • Contact name, phone number, and email for the individual who will accept the delivery. The contact will receive a call to confirm shipping information and receive an ETA before the delivery.
  • A shipping address with the hours of operation. Facilities receiving 5 or more boxes (2,500 or more masks) will require the ability to receive palletized shipments (a loading dock is desired).
  • School districts have the option to pick up their shipment at the Madison warehouse. If this option is preferred, districts will be asked to indicate whether they have the ability to pick up palletized orders.

Shipments are expected to begin in early July. Completion of all shipments may take several weeks. School districts will receive a confirmation call prior to their shipment.

DPI and the Department of Health Services are also collaborating on the development of guidance for schools related to the use of cloth masks and thermometers. This guidance will be distributed prior to the deliveries.

The DPI and SEOC appreciate the difficult work and planning involved in addressing COVID-19 and hope the support provided here will be helpful to you.

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