St. Johns County School District spends more than $2.2 million on COVID-19 preparations

Back to school will cost districts millions due to concerns over COVID-19

St. Johns County, Fla. — The St. Johns County School District is spending big bucks to keep your children and its staff as safe as possible in the classroom.

As of last Wednesday, the school district spent more than $2.2 million on supplies, including personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies.

The most expensive purchase was $1.6 million for plastic desk shields.

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Nearly $150,000 went towards thermometers for classrooms.

Face masks and cleaning supplies cost the school district hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The St. Johns County School District received $2.4 million in federal CARES funds to help with coronavirus-related costs, primarily for school operations.

Only a small amount was used to buy the supplies.

A spokesperson said the school district’s general fund is covering most of the costs.

If there are opportunities to get reimbursed, the school district will look into it.

The school board is holding two special meetings tomorrow at 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

For more information on the meetings and how to watch, click here.