Water Access in School
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 requires schools participating in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program to make free water available to students during meal times where they are served.
In addition to the requirements, schools should use a variety of strategies to
- Ensure that water fountains are clean and properly maintained
- Provide access to water fountains, dispensers, and hydration stations throughout the school
- Allow students to have water bottles in class or to go to the water fountain if they need to drink water
Drinking water contributes to good health and schools are in a unique position to promote healthy behaviors, including drinking water throughout the school day. Access to safe, free drinking water throughout the school campus helps increase water consumption and maintains adequate hydration, which may improve cognitive function. Access to free water before, during and after school hours enables students to make a healthy choice an easy choice.
The purpose of this guide is to explain why early education child care centers and family child care homes should serve water to children and how to do it. It describes how serving water fits in with serving other beverages. The guide also includes information on how those participating in CACFP can remain in compliance with CACFP regulations in their efforts to serve water.
Increasing Access to Drinking Water in School - Use this short power point to promote drinking water access in school and get the word out to school staff, administrators, school board members, students and parents.