According to Alberta Education officials, personal protective equipment (PPE) should be in the hand of school division officials by the end of today.

In a joint statement, Municipal Affairs Minister Tracy Allard and Education Minister Adriana LaGrange say this will ensure schools have the protective gear for students and staff. 

“Alberta remains the only province in Canada to directly provide school authorities with PPE for their students, teachers and school staff," they state.

All students, teachers and staff members will receive two reusable masks; every teacher and staff member will receive one face shield; every school will receive two contactless thermometers; and 466,000 litres of hand sanitizer will be distributed across the education system.

"This PPE, combined with Alberta’s robust school re-entry plan and health guidelines, will help support a successful return to school,” they conclude.