May 18, 2018
Dear FCS Parents/Guardians,
I am writing to inform you that beginning Monday, May 21, 2018, Flint Community Schools will begin a water flushing program, in partnership with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The practice of flushing water includes turning on the water in sinks throughout all FCS buildings. The District will follow the best practices of many colleges and other school districts in the area who have been flushing their water for several months to clear pipes of stagnant water and allow for more accurate water testing by the DEQ.
It is important to note, students will continue drinking out of the five-gallon water coolers placed near water fountains, which have been secured through September 1, 2018. These coolers have been determined to provide easy access to water for students and staff throughout the school day and will remain available throughout the flushing process.
Principals have designated staff members in each building that will work with students to turn on the water in the sinks for five minutes every morning. This flushing pilot will occur each day—excluding weekends—until further notice.
Taking part in this process will serve as a teachable moment for all students at Flint Community Schools. By watching the flushing process in place within their schools, students will begin to feel comfortable to assist in the process in their homes, with adult supervision.
I appreciate your partnership on this effort and encourage you to direct any questions on the matter to your building principal. Together, we will continue to ensure our schools are a safe and welcoming place for all students and staff.
As always, we are thankful for your continued efforts and unwavering support in helping students succeed.