As requirements for social distancing and facial coverings continue in California schools, Rio Tinto Borates & Lithium (RTBL) partnered with the Muroc Joint Unified School District to support the protective mask mandate. “Children often forget, lose or damage their masks, sometimes multiple times a day,” said School Superintendent Kevin Cordes, “this will go a long way toward helping us, help these kids, stay safe and healthy.”

With 1800 students spread across five different campuses, the district is responsible for enforcing the mask mandate at every site. They also supply classrooms with sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer to decrease person-to-person transmission.

“Our employees have children in each of these schools”, said Amanda Smith GM for RTBL, “the kids live in our core communities of Boron, Desert Lakes, North Edwards, California City and Rosamond. It feels good to know that we’re helping to protect children from the virus, that has already taken away so much, from so many.”

RTBL team members from the Warehouse, HSE and the Inclusion & Diversity team, unpacked the masks and sanitizer from the trailer last Wednesday. Included in the load were 18,000 disposable masks, 2 cases of sanitizing wipes, and 2 – five-gallon containers of hand sanitizer – made by the Boron operations team themselves.  

“We’ve been digging into our budget to pay for masks and sanitizer,” continued Cordes, “this is an absolute blessing to our school and our community. I cannot begin to thank Rio Tinto enough.”

We know that we’re all in this together. We’re not safe until we’re all safe.  

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