Angus schools produce protective equipment for NHS staff
After hearing of the difficulties faced by many workers across the country in accessing visors, staff from the eight secondary schools in Angus decided to take matters into their own hands and have started producing these for workers across Tayside.
Angela Barclay, Principal Teacher of Technologies at Monifieth High School said:
“We saw other schools making visors on Twitter, and thought we can do that. We started production on Monday. We prototyped all morning, and got a production line set up at lunch time. We had a lot of suitable materials available across all eight Angus secondary schools, and this allowed production to begin. We’ve produced over 300 visors so far, with 80 of these being made in Monifieth High School. We have purchased more materials with the full support of Angus Council, to continue production, and now have a plea out on Twitter for donations.”
Mrs McInally, Head Teacher at Monifieth High School said:
“The response from staff and teachers across Angus has been amazing. People have been doing everything they can to help by donating time and materials. We have had volunteers from our Arkwright Scholars, Young STEM Leaders and F1 in Schools teams. We have to minimise the number of people in school, otherwise I’m sure there would be many more. We will continue to make them as the demand is there.”
The schools have completed two orders to date, one for 200 visors for Community Assessment Hubs with NHS Tayside and one for 12 visors for a laboratory for the University of Dundee who will be handling COVID positive samples directly from the treatment clinic, protecting research staff from exposure. New orders are coming in from local nursing homes and medical practices.
The schools need a range of materials, 0.8mm Polypropylene Sheet, 0.25-0.5mm Cear PVC or PET, and clear Plastic Bags for delivering the visors in. If you can donate any of these items, please email firstname.lastname@example.org