When purchasing school supplies for the upcoming school year -- Troy City Schools start classes Wednesday, Aug. 21 -- there is one item you will want to make sure is on your shopping list.
A water bottle.
There’s no doubt items such as pencils, paper and crayons are important, but a water bottle is the one item that can help keep your child healthy throughout the school year, particularly in August and early September, and then again in May.
Of Troy’s nine school buildings, only one, Troy Junior High School, has air conditioning. The other eight schools -- Troy High School, Van Cleve 6th Grade, Concord Elementary, Cookson Elementary, Forest Elementary, Heywood Elementary, Hook Elementary and Kyle Elementary -- do not have air conditioning. At the beginning and end of the school year, it is not at all uncommon for temperatures inside the classroom to top the 100-degree mark.
There are numerous studies that show student performance suffers when going to class in schools without air conditioning: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/inside-school-research/2018/05/temperature_climbs_test_scores_drop.html
In the absence of air conditioning, however, it’s important for students (along with teachers and staff) to at least stay hydrated. The best way to do this is by drinking water. Repeated trips to the water fountain throughout the day also can distract a student from learning. The best bet is to make sure your child is bringing a water bottle he or she can refill at approved times throughout the day. Even when the temperatures aren’t scorching hot during the school year, it’s still important for students to drink plenty of water.
The average 5-8 year old should be drinking five glasses of water per day. The average 9-12 year old should be drinking seven glasses of water per day. The average 13-18 year old should be drinking 8-10 glasses of water per day.
If your child leads a particularly active lifestyle and is involved in a sport, the marching band or anything else that requires a high level of physical exertion, the amount of water consumed should increase, particularly during the warmer months of the school year.
If your child is not drinking enough water, signs of dehydration could include: dry, cracked lips and a dry mouth, drowsiness or irritability, cold or dry skin, low energy levels and/or seeming very weak or limp.
So please, remember as you are purchasing school supplies for your children this year, make sure he or she has a water bottle, the one item that can help keep them healthy and alert.