Polk County Public Schools has received several inquiries regarding the availability of fresh drinking water on campuses when school resumes later this month.
All water fountains will be operational. Students will be able to access fresh drinking water just as they did prior to the coronavirus pandemic.
Like other areas of school campuses, water fountains will be disinfected more frequently to safeguard students and staff.
Assistant Superintendent for Facilities and Operations Angela Usher explained that custodial crews will disinfect water fountains at least three times a day using a disinfectant approved by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.
“In addition, teachers will have disinfectant available in their classrooms,” Usher said. “If they have water fountains in their classrooms, they can clean them more frequently if they like, but our custodial crews will be making the rounds and will be cleaning all water fountains at least three times per day.”
Students will also be able to purchase bottled water during breakfast and lunch times, said Assistant Superintendent for Support Services Rob Davis.
Students are also allowed and encouraged to bring their own water bottles.
Additional information about PCPS’ reopening plans can be found at polkschoolsfl.com/reopening. At that page, visitors may also submit questions to be answered by district staff.