Water bottles. (Credit: Thad Zajdowicz/ Flickr)
Water bottles. (Credit: Thad Zajdowicz/ Flickr)

Toms River Regional schools superintendent David Healy said Thursday that there is no prohibition on students bringing bottled water to school.

The issue first came up at Wednesday night’s school board meeting, where a parent questioned whether a district policy prevented students from carrying water bottles in school in the wake of findings that a limited number of fixtures in five elementary schools had elevated levels of lead and were being repaired.

“There is no such policy,” Healy said Thursday. “The policy doesn’t exist.”

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Healy said he checked with administrators at all of his schools, including the high schools, where no elevated lead levels were found, and confirmed that bottled water was allowed. Some school districts prohibit bottled water out of fear students could use the bottles to smuggle in alcohol, however Toms River Regional does not have such a policy.