Kugaaruk school fire leaves students in Nunavut hamlet without classrooms

March 8, 2017

An overnight fire in Kugaaruk has destroyed the Kugaardjuq School in Nunavut, which serves 310 K-12 students. The school was the only school serving the remote Arctic hamlet. The fire was initially deemed suspicious by the RCMP, and since that time, a 13-year-old has been charged. CBC confirms that school will resume in temporary classrooms throughout the community over the next two weeks: Kindergarten will be held at the community daycare, grades 1 through 6 will be held at the local church, and high school classes will be split up into three separate buildings. “As far as we know, it’s probably a write-off,” said NU Education Minister Paul Quassa. “This is devastating for the community. We really feel for the students, the teachers, the community. We’ll do whatever we can to ensure that the community gets support.” Huffington Post | Nunatsiaq Online | CBC