PEI

Schools waiting for hand sanitizers

School boards on Prince Edward Island are still waiting for the delivery of hand sanitizer dispensers it was expecting to have before school started.

School boards on Prince Edward Island are still waiting for the delivery of hand sanitizer dispensers it was expecting to have before school started.

Eastern School District superintendent Sandy MacDonald told CBC News Wednesday this summer he intended to have a station in every elementary school classroom, but only 150 of 450 ordered have arrived.

"We assume, or we're guessing, that the order was diverted to some other setting, because health authorities in the United States are stepping in in terms of these orders," said MacDonald.

The dispensers that have arrived have been put in high traffic areas, but not classrooms. MacDonald is expecting the rest of them in the next few days.

The situation is much the same for the Western School Board. Superintendent Dale Sabean said they haven't received enough sanitizer dispensers to put them in all classrooms there yet either.

Although the arrival of sanitizers has been delayed, MacDonald said it does not appear the flu has hit P.E.I. Absenteeism rates due to flu symptoms are less than one per cent.

"We're all hoping that we don't need these things, that the pandemic won't strike the way it has in some other places, but we want to be prepared," said MacDonald.

Vaccines for the swine flu are expected to arrive on the Island in mid-November.

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