***** UPDATE November 13th 2020 *****
We just placed an order to send 460 N95 masks and 192 face shields to Penn Hills School District's Special Education Dept! This donation will help 92 special education teachers and staff members!
To date, we have sent 1,165 N95 masks and 372 face shields to 232 special education teachers and staff! Thank you all who have donated!
We still have more PPE to donate so please fill out our N95 request form or email us at email@example.com for information about how we can get your school or district PPE! Stay safe!
***** UPDATE October 30th 2020 *****
We are excited to announce that we are in the process of sending out our 705th N95 mask and 180th face shield to special education teachers and staff members! As of right now 140 special education teachers and staff are receiving our PPE!
We've sent (or are in the process of sending) PPE to special education depts within these PA schools/districts:
WISCA, Watson Institute
Pittsburgh New Church School
Elk Lake School
Freeport Area School District
We want to thank everyone who has donated and submitted a request for these masks. We still have masks and face shields to send out so please let us know if your school could benefit!
***** UPDATE October 14th 2020 *****
We are excited to announce that we delivered our first set of N95 masks and face shields to two wonderful schools: Watson Institute’s Social Center for Academic Achievement (WISCA), which is a school that is designed to meet the needs of students with High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder and Pittsburgh New Church School , which which tailors its instruction to the needs of children with dyslexia!
We are in talks with 3 different school districts in PA about providing them with N95 masks and face shields. Once we confirm their indvidiual needs we will provide another update! Thank you everyone who has donated!
The COVID-19 pandemic has made life difficult for all of us, especially the essential workers that are helping us through this unprecedented time. The school year has already started and there are a lot of teachers and staff that still need to be protected. Students in special education, for various reasons, may not be able to wear masks, which can increase their risk of infection. This also increases the risk to teachers and staff they interact with during school. Our aim is to provide high-quality National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health approved (NIOSH, https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/index.htm) N95 masks and face shields to 1000 special education teachers and staff.
Our 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Learning Disabilities Association of Pennsylvania (www.ldaofpa.org) is working with Bona Fide Masks (https://bonafidemasks.com) to purchase NIOSH-approved N95 masks and face shields, in bulk, at a discounted price to send to schools across Pennsylvania. We are also receiving support from Pennsylvania State Education Association (https://www.psea.org) who will help us connect with more PA special education staff and teachers so we can more efficiently identify schools in the most need. Alternatively, if you are a special education teacher, school principal, concerned parent, or superintendent of a district that is in need of PPE, please fill out this form (https://forms.gle/k9bRFSVjEAei38LMA) so we can distribute these materials where they are needed most.
Please note that no mask or face shield will make teachers or school staff completely safe. And while we hope to provide these high-quality masks to as many special education teachers and staff as possible, cloth masks and surgical masks are also effective at reducing the spread of COVID-19 and should be used when N95 masks are not available.
Individual needs for N95 masks and face shields will differ depending on the number of people a teacher or staff member is in contact with at a school. Each teacher and staff member should get advice from their healthcare providers and physicians about how best to utilize the masks and face shields. Our goal is to provide each special education teacher and staff member with five (5) N95 masks and two (2) face shields. Sending five N95 masks and two face shields to teachers and staff will allow teachers to reuse them as needed. However, it is important to note that the masks are rated for individual use, but due to shortages and financial restraints, we hope that staff members and teachers can reuse them if their health care provider approves. Some advice we have seen is having teachers label each mask with a different day of the week. When they are done wearing the mask for that day, they can store it in a cool, clean, dark, and dry place until the following day of the week. We hope that this process will allow the masks to last at least a month.
We will purchase PPE based on individual school needs. Bona Fide Masks is providing our fundraiser a bulk discount and allowing us to purchase these NIOSH-approved N95 masks for $3.30 and face shields for $0.97 each (plus shipping). Here are some examples of where your donation can go:
· $4.50 donation purchases a single N95 mask and face shield
· $10 donation purchases three N95 masks
· $20 donation purchases five N95 masks and three face shields
· $60 donation purchases 15 N95 masks and six face shields
· $100 donation purchases 27 N95 masks and 10 face shields
Every $5000 we raise will allow us to donate enough masks and faceshields for 250 special education teachers and staff!
If you have any questions, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
How can I learn more about the NIOSH-Approved N95 masks?
· The masks we are purchasing can be found here: https://bonafidemasks.com/harley-n95-l-188-respirator-face-mask/
· Guangzhou Harley Commodity Company Ltd L-188 N95 mask CDC NIOSH approval can be found here: https://wwwn.cdc.gov/NIOSH-CEL/ApprovalDetails?schedule=84A&approvalNum=6973, https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/npptl/topics/respirators/disp_part/N95list1-g.html
· L-188 N95 masks tested by NIOSH were found to be greater than 95% filter efficiency can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/npptl/respirators/testing/results/MTT-2020-192.3_International_GuangzhouHarley_L-188_TestReport_Redacted-508.pdf
The N95 masks you are donating are only rated for single use, why are you suggesting that teachers and staff wear them more than once?
· Ideally, we would be able to donate enough masks that everyone could wear one a day. However, there are not enough N95 masks to make that a reality. Due to the shortage of masks we are hoping that if a person appropriately wears them and keeps them clean then they can get multiple uses out of them. By not wearing lotion, oil-based products, or makeup on a person’s face where the mask sits will help extend their life. We are asking everyone that receives these masks to talk to their healthcare provider about how often they can and should be worn. You should also consult CDC guidelines on their recommendations on reusing masks https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/ppe-strategy/decontamination-reuse-respirators.html
· Teachers and staff can supplement these N95 masks with cloth and surgical masks when they are in a lower risk environment. We recommend using these N95 masks when you would like increased protection, especially when social distancing is at a minimum in a poorly ventilated room.
· Every time a person dons an N95 mask they need to inspect it to ensure there are no tears and the mask is clean.· Here is NIOSH’s official statement on reusing N95 face masks: https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/npptl/topics/respirators/disp_part/respsource3respreuse.html
How do you properly wear and take off an N95 mask?
· The CDC created a PDF on how to properly put on and take off N95 masks. (https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2010-133/pdfs/2010-133.pdf).
· Here is a video from Singapore General Hospital about how to wear N95 masks (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoxpvDVo_NI&feature=emb_title).
· A “fit test” is a test administered by a certified professional that can determine if the mask properly fits on your face. These tests are either quantitative or qualitative. A fit test is required to ensure that a mask is properly fitted to your face. More information can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2018-129/pdfs/2018-129.pdf?id=10.26616/NIOSHPUB2018129
· Consult with your physician to determine if these masks are right for you.
Who should NOT wear an N95 mask?
· No one should wear these masks if they have trouble breathing.
· The FDA clearly states, “People with chronic respiratory, cardiac, or other medical conditions that make breathing difficult should check with their health care provider before using an N95 respirator because the N95 respirator can make it more difficult for the wearer to breathe.”
· Consult with your physician to determine if these masks are right for you.
The FDA and CDC recommend that only healthcare professionals use N95 masks. Why are you giving these masks to teachers and school staff?
· FDA’s position on N95 masks can be found here: https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/personal-protective-equipment-infection-control/n95-respirators-surgical-masks-and-face-masks
· In short, healthcare workers deserve priority in using N95 masks. When COVID-19 became a pandemic there were limited supplies of N95 masks so it was necessary to prioritize their health above everyone else’s. Now that the supply of N95s has significantly increased there are more available to non-healthcare professionals. Because education is a necessary component to any functioning society, we want to help ensure that our teachers and all the support staff that help schools function are as safe as they can be. This is a scary time and we are just trying to help make school a little safer.
· If there is a critical shortage of N95 masks we will immediately pause the fundraiser.
If N95 masks are so effective why are you also sending special education teachers and staff face shields?
· N95 masks primary function is to help reduce the likelihood of a person from inhaling pathogens, allergens, and other fine particles. If the person wearing the mask is infected with the virus N95 masks can help prevent its spread (because they do not contain an exhaust valve).
· Face shields are not as effective at preventing the spread of pathogens as face masks, however they can reduce the distance aerosolized droplets travel and help prevent the user from touching their face. When worn in combination with a face mask the person will have even more protection.
· We strongly discourage people in higher risk situations (lack of social distancing, poor ventilation, near anyone with COVID symptoms, near more than one person in close contact, etc.) from only wearing face shields.
I think this fundraiser is great but I’m a teacher and I need to protect myself. Can I buy these masks on my own?
· Yes. Although we would love for you to donate to us directly, especially because our bulk order brings down the costs of each mask and face shield. However, you can of course buy the same masks we are purchasing through the fundraiser directly from Bona Fide Masks, here: https://bonafidemasks.com/harley-n95-l-188-respirator-face-mask/
· You can find a variety of masks here: https://bonafidemasks.com/face-masks/
· You can find the face shields here: https://bonafidemasks.com/face-shields/
Is all the money you raise going to purchase masks and face shields?
· Yes! 100% of the funds will go to purchase and distribution of masks face shields! We will need to use some of the funds to cover the cost of shipping and taxes. We will be completely transparent about every transaction. We will also publicly identify every school that we send supplies too.
You can send us any questions you have about this fundraiser to: · email@example.com
Wow, this is a great fundraiser and I’d like to know more about Learning Disabilities Association of Pennsylvania (LDA of PA). How do you I do that?
· What an amazing question. Thanks for asking!
· LDA of PA is the official state affiliate of the Learning Disabilities Association of America (www.ldaamerica.org). Our primary mission is to help people that think differently find success. We do this by promoting and supporting neurodiversity in STEM, increase kids’ confidence through improv comedy, running multi-sensory reading and math instruction workshops and classes, and increase workplace accessibility. You can learn more about what we do here: www.ldaofpa.org
What are the logistics of delivery?
· Learning Disabilities Association of Pennsylvania is responsible for receiving funds, identifying schools that need masks and face shields from Bona Fide Masks or an equivalent distributor, purchasing the masks and face shields, and shipping them to the schools. A representative of the school will be responsible for receiving the shipments. Once the supplies are received the schools will need to examine each mask and face shield to ensure they are of high quality and not defective. If they are defective or appear to not be authentic for any reason, do not use them, and contact us immediately. We will do what we can to replace them.
We are relying on schools to figure out the best way of distributing these supplies to their teachers and staff. Although these masks and face shields can help increase safety, we cannot guarantee the wearer will not be infected with sars-cov-2 or another pathogen. We cannot guarantee that these masks will fit everyone perfectly. Every person that wears these masks needs consult with their physician to ensure it is appropriate for them to be wearing them.