GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Though schools across Oregon are shuttered to students with district adapting to remote learning, a few teachers at Grants Pass High School have taken it upon themselves to help local hospitals facing a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE).
Instructors at the school started brainstorming once the COVID-19 crisis began to hit, according to Jean Kinyon of the Health Sciences program.
“Groups were formed, and connections were formed.” said Kinyon. “We found out who had the skill and who had the equipment to meet the need.”
Brenda Bunge and David Brannen stepped in to help, using 3D printers at the school's manufacturing building to begin printing shield frames using a plastic called PLA. The 3D designs were crafted by local engineers who have been working to furnish this information based on what hospitals need.
"We're just doing what we can to help the frontline workers," Brenda Bunge says. "In some cases, they [healthcare workers] are having to wear this equipment for 12 hours a day, so it has to be perfect."
Each of the frames takes roughly five hours to print. With the school's three printers, the Grants Pass staff can make about six frames each day.
Since the beginning of March, Bunge and Brannen say they have printed about 30 frames.
The materials and labor have all been donated by the school, its manufacturing program and staff.
#WeAreGP: Teachers in the manufacturing program at Grants Pass High School have been busy helping to supply healthcare workers with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) they need.
— Grants Pass School District 7 (@GPSD7) April 6, 2020