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School has no money to purchase basic cleaning supplies

September 25, 2009
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SANIKILUAQ, NT, Canada — The Sanikiluaq District Education Authority is severely underfunded to the point where there aren''t enough resources to purchase basic cleaning supplies, according to the Nunatsiaq News.
According to the story, students at Nuiyak School were washing their hands with Sunlight, a popular dishwashing detergent, because the local school committee ran out of money earlier in the month.
The shortfall comes at a time when Nunavut schools are supposed to do more to increase cleanliness and develop action plans to deal with absenteeism caused by sickness among staff and students, the story stated.
To ease the crisis, the Government of Nunavut gave Sanikiluaq''s District Education Authority $38,000 earlier this month and began an investigation into why their money disappeared, the story noted.
Peter Geikie, Nunavut''s deputy minister of education, said: "As to why they are in this situation, we’re not sure. It’s not our intent to close our schools. The recommendation is out there but that’s not where we want to go."
There are plans in place to help Nuiyak and other Nunavut schools get ready for a possible H1N1 influenza A (swine flu) outbreak by sending antibacterial hand sanitizers and disinfecting wipes, the story added.
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