Dear Reading Families,
This winter has brought some difficult weather to our area. Each time a decision is made to delay or use a calamity day, the safety of our students and staff is our first priority. Hopefully as we move through the remainder of February and into March, the need to delay or cancel school will be a minimum. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact my office.
Effective immediately, each building, in conjunction with our district nurse, will be encouraging students to drink more water. According to a study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, more than half of all children and adolescents in the U.S. are not getting enough hydration. Dehydration can have serious effects on physical health, as well as cognitive and emotional functioning. We are seeing this in our students every day.
Kids 1 to 3 years old need about 4 drinking cups of water a day.
For kids age 4-8 years old, 5 cups a day is recommended.
Boys age 9-13 need 8 cups a day, while girls 9-13 need about 7 cups.
13+, simply divide their weight by 2 to find the number of ounces needed per day.
So often we see kids at the high school and middle school who drink coffee, Mt. Dew, or an energy drink in the morning. They do not drink water. The caffeine in these drinks is actually a diuretic, which means it causes the body to make more urine and can actually make dehydration worse. Many students in all grade levels report to drinking sugary beverages as well, which do not necessarily provide any nutritional benefit. Nearly one fourth of the children and adolescents in the study mentioned above reported drinking no plain water at all. Please encourage your child to bring a water bottle to school and participate in this program.
Last, please stay in contact with your child's teachers to monitor progress and communicate with them if you have questions or concerns. Spring conferences will be held on March 2nd and March 9th.
Thank you for your support of the Reading Community City Schools.
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