water fountains?

Posted on: Sat, 09/15/2007 - 11:23am
lj's picture
Joined: 01/26/2006 - 09:00

My son started kindergarten this year.

I almost died when my son said he used the water fountain a few times a day. For 5+ years I lectured him not to use them. For some reason, he is lured to them! Do you have a "no water fountain" policy for your kids and who watches them in school to see they are following that? Is a teacher expected to do that? My son has many teachers: regular kindergarten, gym, art, music, Spanish. How do they track all these different rules for different kids?

I always thought they were unsanitary but now the threat of PA contamination terrifies me.



Posted on: Sat, 09/15/2007 - 12:34pm
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

We have a no water bubbler rule for our PA DD who just turned 10 and is in the 5th grade at a private Catholic school.
It starts with the regular classroom teacher who should be checking up on the kids when they have drink and bathroom breaks. Besides the classroom teacher I told the PE teacher that my child will bring her own water bottle to class and will need access to it. This was not negotiable.
Maybe you could find out where your child is when he gets to take a drink from the fountain. You might want to contact each teacher to see if he's asking to go to the bathroom when he's at a special. You could have his teacher ask each specialist to report to her if he leaves the room during class then you can work from there. I teach music at my daughters school from kindergarten to grade 5 and I do not let the kids go for drinks at that age. If they really have to use the bathroom I let them go but keep peaking out my door to see what they are up to. It would help to know where bathrooms and water fountains are located. Fortunately my daughter was grossed out about germs on the bubbler so I am lucky there.
Good Luck!

Posted on: Sat, 09/15/2007 - 12:51pm
becca's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

I find them to be so dirty, but PA made me more wary. I tell my dd not to use them, but she does. Yuck. Myt own mom hated them and we had no allergies, so I have always had the creeps about them.
Dd has been fine, though, if it is any comfort. I do still ask her to not use them and I pack her a water bottle each day.

Posted on: Sun, 09/16/2007 - 6:39am
falcon's picture
Joined: 07/03/2004 - 09:00

I discourage my sons from using them, but we didn't start out with that rule and have not had any problem. Does make me nervous though.

Posted on: Mon, 09/17/2007 - 12:49am
leers's picture
Joined: 07/09/2001 - 09:00

It is on all the forms that I had to fill this year. He is not allowed to use the fountain and that he will be bringing his own water bottle. Teacher knows..... It is just gross anyways but I started to disallow it because of PA.

Posted on: Mon, 09/17/2007 - 10:38am
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Joined: 06/29/2001 - 09:00

I am a PA adult that worked in a high school for two years. I saw students spit and mouth the water fountain.
One morning, I stopped and took a drink and immediately my lower lip began to swell up & I popped a Benadryl.
I will NEVER EVER use a public fountain again.

Posted on: Mon, 09/17/2007 - 11:14am
becca's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

In my dd's class, her teacher gives them cups to use the water fountain. Dd told me this as I packed her a water bottle this am. She said all the kids drink from it this way(they have fountains at individual sinks int he classroom). This teacher has 3 kids with MFA.s). Sounds like she gets it. Never mind the repeated strep cases at the school last year.
I still tell dd not to use the water fountain. I give her a water bottle in her backpack each day.

Posted on: Mon, 09/17/2007 - 4:52pm
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Joined: 02/14/2000 - 09:00

I prefer that my kids not use them at all. It seems like in a lot of places (probably not at schools-I can't remember) the water fountain is right outside the bathroom. I tell my kids that people who may not have washed up after going potty would then touch the water fountain. That sometimes works to keep them from wanting to use them. Sometimes I will let them depending on the situation. But I prefer that they don't use them.

Posted on: Mon, 09/17/2007 - 10:35pm
Nutternomore's picture
Joined: 08/02/2002 - 09:00

No way! We avoid water fountains like the plague. DS brings two water bottles to school daily. It was written into his 504 plan that he have access to them throughout the day so he didn't need to use water fountains.
Interestingly, now that he is in 4th grade, teacher is encouraging all students to use water bottles, so no loss of instructional time due to leaving class to get a drink of water.

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