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Poway Unified School District sends parents action plan after water boil advisory issued

Posted: 10:50 PM, Dec 01, 2019
Updated: 2019-12-02 21:20:28-05
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POWAY, Calif. (KGTV) - The Poway Unified School District sent parents an email over the weekend on their action plan after a water boil advisory was issued.

"My boys and I have had the discussion of the importance of safety," Mother and Senior Management Analyst of Poway Public Works Jessica Parks said of her twin high schoolers. "The rule of thumb is don't get the water in your mouth."

The City of Poway issued a precautionary boil water advisory Saturday.

The city says it believes the recent storm possibly compromised the potable drinking water system.

As a precaution, the city is advising resident to boil tap water or use bottled water for drinking or cooking until further notice.

"I am really pleased with the Poway Unified School District for getting that message out there, speaking to all the parents and letting them know safety for their children is number one," Parks said.

Poway Unified School District sent this email to parents:

We wanted to reassure our families that we are aware of the City of Poway’s “Boil Water Advisory” and that we have taken precautions so that our schools located in Poway will REMAIN OPEN on Monday.

Several of our school sites are on the City of Poway’s water system, including Chaparral Elementary School, Garden Road Elementary School, Midland Elementary School, Painted Rock Elementary School, Pomerado Elementary School, Tierra Bonita Elementary School, Valley Elementary School, Meadowbrook Middle School, Twin Peaks Middle School, Abraxas High School, Poway High School, and our Twin Peaks Center, which includes the New Directions program and Adult Education.

We are taking the following steps to ensure the safety of our students and staff at these sites:

The District will provide bottled water to all of the affected schools

Drinking water fountains at affected schools will be out of service until further notice - if possible please pack your children their own water bottles to help ease the high demand at the affected sites.

Any food items requiring water will be prepared off campus at an unaffected site by our Food & Nutrition Department

Restroom toilets can be used as normal

Hand sanitizers will be available in all restrooms

Again, schools will resume as normal on Monday. We hope that you had a restful Thanksgiving break and we look forward to seeing your children back at school tomorrow, ready to learn!

We will continue to work with the City of Poway and relay any updates or next steps on the water situation as they become available.
-Poway Unified School District

The district is also taking additional precautions December 3. See the list of precautions below:

  • The District will provide bottled water to all of the affected schools
  • Drinking water fountains at affected schools will be out of service until further notice - if possible please pack your children their own water bottles to help ease the high demand at the affected sites
  • Any food items requiring water will be prepared off campus at an unaffected site by our Food & Nutrition Department
  • Restroom toilets can be used as normal
  • Hand sanitizers will be available in all restrooms