This has definitely been a challenging and crazy time since the pandemic began March 2020. Please understand, these challenges and delays are occurring in every industry. As a consideration, yesterday KHS America received several Mapex MCK1432DP bell/drum combo kits readily available if that will help relieve the concern! Thank you for your continued support!
Buy things a la carte... I never purchase a ready-made perc. kit. Pad, sticks, books, boom... who cares about mallets, lol. But really, you can even get a Yamaha bell kit by itself for less than $100. You can make your own bell mallets if you wanted to. Get creative!
Buy drum pads and sticks and start them on snare only until later in the year. There's NO shame in that at all, and it'll give them a strong rhythmic fundamental when you do get them on mallet instruments. If the shortage continues, just use school instruments in class. You'll be FINE!