The National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) has called on its members across Kildare to donate their surplus science laboratory personal protective equipment (PPE) to frontline services.
The organisation has said that ‘significant’ stocks of PPE are lying unused in secondary schools and has issued a circular to its members, asking them to arrange for their supplies to be transferred to local hospitals and nursing homes.
Principals have been guided to contact their local Garda stations, which have committed to collecting all donated equipment from schools and facilitating its delivery to the HSE. School principals in Kildare can also make supplies available online at offersofsupport.gov.ie/offers/new.
Guidelines on the type of PPE suitable for donation have been provided by the HSE and included in the NAPD’s request to members – the list includes protective goggles, glasses, gloves and gowns.
“At this time of national crisis, when our medical professionals are putting themselves on the frontline to battle Covid-19, everyone must do their part to help where they can,” said Clive Byrne, NAPD Director.
“Many secondary school science labs have significant quantities of unused goggles, gloves and other forms of PPE. While schools are closed and there is an acute shortage of PPE across our health service, school leaders have felt it appropriate to add school stocks to the national supply.
“School leaders have been asked to co-ordinate the gathering, packing and provision of science lab PPE safely, following all HSE social distancing guidelines.”