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Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Sanikiluaq enters the list of Nunavut communities restarting schools at 50% capacity


Key takeaways: 

  • CPHO stated he chose to reduce the chance of transmission to students and team.
  • Schools in Sanikiluaq, Nunavut, will unlock offline education on Monday at 50 percent capacity because of the number of registered active cases of COVID-19 in the community.

Offline learning to start in Sanikiluaq and Nunavut on Monday at 50% capacity: 

Sanikiluaq is entering a list of communities in Nunavut that will restart their schools to offline education at 50 percent capacity on Monday.

In a Friday statement released, Dr. Michael Patterson stated he chose to add Sanikiluaq because of how many registered current cases of COVID-19 there are in the district.

According to the government’s website, there are 14 registered active cases in the community, approximately 1,000. Of those 14, three are recent cases since Thursday.

“The rule will decrease the chance of transmission to students and staff while keeping schools open safely,” stated Patterson in the release. Source –

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Sanikiluaq joins Nunavut in starting schools at 50% capacity

According to the Nunavut Department of Education’s website, the other districts restarting their schools at 50 percent capacity are Iqaluit, Kinngait, Arviat, Rankin Inlet, Cambridge Bay, and Baker Lake. The department says that schools in all other communities will open at the total capacity on its website.

Education minister Pamela Gross stated school staff would reach students and their families to give them details regarding their cohorts and schedules.

The department’s website says that parents who are uncertain when their kids are going back to school should reach their teacher.

At a press conference on Jan. 20, Patterson stated the government will persist in considering each community weekly “and, where relevant, capacity at schools will be lowered for one to two weeks.” Source –

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