Ministry of Education seeking second order of face masks for schools

Students were guided into one of the entrances to Vincent Massey School in Prince Albert on the first day of classes, Tuesday, Sept. 8./Michael Oleksyn Daily Herald

The Ministry of Education is entering a second procurement process for non-medical cloth masks.

The tender listed was on SaskTenders on Dec. 24 and is set to end on Jan. 14.

“The Ministry of Education is undertaking another bulk procurement of masks and other PPE now to ensure schools continue to have a sufficient supply. This next supply of PPE will include: disposable masks, non-medical cloth masks and face shields. Once ordered, the PPE supplies will be distributed to school divisions and independent schools,” an email from the Ministry of Education stated,

The order for the Request for Bids (RFB), which is a sealed bidding method, is seeking vendors with  the intent of the Ministry to place an initial order for approximately 210,000 non-medical cloth face masks. Preferred delivery is on or before Jan. 29, 2021.

The successful supplier is required to directly courier masks to each of the 27 school divisions and 26 independent schools.

The PPE will be purchased using the $10 million allocated to the Ministry of Education to centrally procure masks, PPE and other suppliers for school divisions.

According to the Ministry, they have already purchased 8.4 million facemasks, which have been distributed to school divisions and independent schools in Saskatchewan.

That supply is used in addition to masks purchased by divisions. The masks are made available to students, teachers and staff on a daily basis.

This will be a standing offer agreement between the province and the vendor.