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Volunteers donate masks to Chesterfield teachers: 'They were purchasing boxes'

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Posted at 1:34 PM, Jan 31, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-31 13:34:24-05

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- Volunteers donated masks to some teachers and staffers slated to return to in-person learning at elementary schools in Chesterfield County Monday.

Many teachers and staff members expressed concerns with the county's vaccine rollout as well as the decision to return to face-to-face learning.

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However, district officials said they have extra vaccines and plan to administer them to all elementary-level staff who want one.

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Community members handed out more than 2,000 masks Saturday to teachers and staff in an effort to help them get ready to teach in their classrooms.

“We heard from some of our teacher friends that they were purchasing boxes of KN95 masks for themselves,” Chris Rogala, one of the people who was handing out masks, said. “However, that's a $40 investment.”

Administrators are asking families to perform a "student daily health self-assessment" before their child returns to school Monday.