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MTSD Donates Personal Protective Equipment to First Responders

The Mequon-Thiensville School District has donated a variety of personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Mequon Fire Department in an effort to ensure local responders are appropriately protected when responding to calls during the widespread coronavirus pandemic. 

The Mequon-Thiensville School District has donated a variety of personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Mequon Fire Department in an effort to ensure local responders are appropriately protected when responding to calls during the widespread coronavirus pandemic. 

Mequon Deputy Fire Chief Kurt Zellmann originally reached out to the school district to make the request to borrow some thermometers to ensure one was available in each ambulance and first responder unit. Recognizing that there would be a critical need for additional supplies, MTSD Executive Director of Student Services Rachel Lemanczyk, Director of Buildings and Grounds Kyle Thompson, and District Nurse Jessica Jost facilitated the collection of additional PPE supplies from the district’s health and buildings and grounds departments, with buildings and grounds teams delivering supplies. 

“We are all navigating unique and challenging times, so it was critical that we support one another to allow us to get back to our new normal as soon as possible,” said Lemanczyk. “Providing the school district's PPE supplies was the right thing to do in supporting our community's emergency personnel and first responders. I am very proud that we could do this for our community.” 

A variety of items including 50 boxes of gloves, 60 bottles of hand sanitizer, 4 thermometers, 200 masks, and more than 400 isolation gowns were included in the donated supplies. Adequate PPE has been in short supply at emergency and medical facilities across the nation, adding stress and concern to an already dire situation in many areas. 

“As a nurse, it is extremely important to me to help others any way I can,” said Jessica Jost, RN, “I am honored that we as a district could help support our local fire, rescue, and police stay safe through this trying time.”