Education PPE Company, Protect|ED, Helps Schools Safely Return to In-Building Learning

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Company creates, supplies and executes customized school safety plans for K-12 schools and colleges

Protect|ED creates, supplies and executes customized school safety plans for K-12 schools and colleges.

“We help school leaders understand and balance the recommendations, responsibilities and demands that come with the safe return to school, and we provide feasible, cost-effective sourcing of supplies,” said C.J. MacConnell, president and co-founder, Protect|ED.

Protect|ED, a personal protective equipment (PPE) company serving the education sector, is leading the charge to help schools nationwide prepare for in-person learning this school year. The company partners with K-12 school districts and colleges on safely returning to in-building learning and activities by identifying and supplying the specific measures, PPE and sanitization/disinfection solutions needed to deliver on customized safety plans for students, teachers and staff.

“As schools must operate in a pandemic environment, learning in the classroom safely – and with confidence – is vital,” said C.J. MacConnell, president and co-founder, Protect|ED. “We help school leaders understand and balance the recommendations, responsibilities and demands that come with the safe return to school, and we provide feasible, cost-effective sourcing of supplies.”

MacConnell said that among the company’s innovative products is a specially designed mask, using facial structure mapping, for the smaller faces of pre-kindergarten through second grade students.

Experienced professionals
Through decades of combined experience in education administration, medical device distribution, supply chain sourcing, and epidemiology, Protect|ED helps school officials streamline the entire return-to-school process. The company brings a unique blend of insights, education, resources, calm and confidence to vet and connect trusted protection suppliers with schools planning for reopening.

“Striking the balance of student and staff health, parent and family expectations, and what is right for public health is delicate and requires an understanding of the complexities of how viruses spread,” said Dr. Fay Y. Lin, M.D., chief medical advisor, Protect|ED. “Our approach is to look at achieving safe schools holistically, from workable strategies for preventing the transmission of the virus to shaping tailored programs for cleaning and disinfecting to sourcing proper, age-appropriate PPE for districts.”

Protect|ED helps school leaders determine what is best suited for each building, room, student, teacher, and school staff member and create a customized approach to keep everyone safe and healthy in clean environments. The company simplifies access to essential safety materials by being a single-point-of-contact partner that connects, contracts and coordinates every aspect of PPE sourcing.

Innovative PPE solutions for children
The company’s medical team also has used facial studies to develop a face mask that properly fits younger children from pre-kindergarten through second grade. These primary student masks are smaller in width and height, have shorter ear loops and a special heat weld allows the mask to flex better on the cheeks of a child.

“A loose face mask doesn’t provide young children or others around them with protection,” said Crystal Pfiefer, lead mask designer, Protect|ED. “Our primary student face mask is an appropriately sized, protective, and comfortable face mask that a young child will wear for longer periods. By ensuring a proper fit, our masks ensure protection from others and protection for the child.”

Protect|ED is the only company that offers these specialized masks available for children of this age. The company provides
the supplies, technologies and equipment to ensure a school’s plan is enacted quickly, and so educators and students can go back to teaching and learning in a safe and clean environment.

To learn more about Protect|ED, visit http://www.protecteducation.com.

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About Protect|ED
Protect|ED partners with schools on guiding and implementing their customized schools plan with confidence. We provide the healthcare and education expertise needed for smart decision-making, and we streamline quality material sourcing and purchasing to make safe schools possible. For more information visit http://www.protecteducation.com.

Editor’s Note: Experienced interview subjects and expert resources from Protect|ED are available to discuss the safe return of in-building learning for the 2020-2021 school year.

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