CPS to have prepackaged school supplies
COLUMBIA - Columbia Public Schools have mandated that their elementary schools will have prepackaged school supplies.
The school supplies will be $27 and have all the items needed for children who are going to be participating in in-class learning.
In an email from Michelle Baumstark, CPS’s community relations director, to parents of children who will be in class, said they are doing this for safety precautions.
“With our current restrictions due to COVID-19, we are not able to share supplies or accept community supplies this year. We need to ensure that the supplies begin at school and stay with that child each day,” said Baumstark.
A Columbia parent, Cassondra Moore, said she thinks it's fine for CPS to do unless they are making a profit from it.
“Honestly, as long as they're not making a profit off of it,” said Moore. “So, if you can go to the school and pay whatever they’re price is which would essentially be the same price as what you would get at Walmart, then I understand where they’re coming from, so it's not that big of a deal.”
Another Columbia parent, Shane Winter, said it could be frustrating, but knows that the district prioritizes safety.
“I’m okay with it, just because I’m not an employee of CPS, I know they’re doing their best,” said Winter. “It's kind of frustrating to not be able to buy your own supplies but if they have them all already set for you and it's a certain price or whatever they’re price is doesn’t gauge you, then I’m okay with it, I guess it makes it easier not to have to go shopping.”
CPS officials say that the kits will be available in the classroom and sanitized.
For more information on this go to CPS’s website.