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Some schools do without soap, toilet paper

February 10, 2010
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BROWARD COUNTY, FL — Teachers at more than a dozen Broward County Public Schools have complained they are forced to buy their own toilet paper and deal with "nonexistent" hand soap, according to the Sun Sentinel.

According to the story, teachers at Meadowbrook Elementary School have been asked to stock the restrooms and cut hand towels in half to ration the scarce supplies, and at Boyd Anderson High School, students and teachers go without hand soap.

Students and staff are concerned that the lack of restroom supplies could lead to health concerns and the spread of the flu and other viruses, the story stated.

Even though the school district is forgoing luxuries due to a budget crisis, Superintendent James Notter said that teachers "should not be paying out of their pockets for the bare essentials."

For other schools, poorly-stocked restrooms are the result of janitor error, not a lack of supplies, the story noted.

David Basile, principal at South Plantation High School, said: "The problem we have is when someone on the night crew is out and no one covers that zone. Or we have a day crew, and no one walks through the bathrooms."
One high school senior, Itai Raz, said: "We get really frustrated, but most people have hand sanitizer."
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