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Only clear water bottles will be allowed for this upcoming school year

Feb 03, 2024

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"If there’s instances of people bringing weapons in," said Damian Jones, a Scranton School District parent, "whatever is safer for the kids."

With the first day of school getting closer, the Scranton School District is limiting the kinds of water bottles students are allowed to bring to class.

In a post to the district’s Facebook page, a new policy reads that student beverage containers must be made of clear, plastic materials, not to exceed 32 ounces, and only contain water.

Something some parents say is a smart move.

"I was fine with it cause last year we kind of did water bottles, like regular water bottles anyway," said Stefanie Scholtz, who has two children in the district. "I didn’t like book bags up first because they liked all their prints and stuff, but I’m fine with it. It’s not a big deal changing water bottles."

"My son has told me numerous times, you know, he’s heard of kids bringing inappropriate things to school that they shouldn’t have in school, and most of the time, he said they’re telling other kids they are sneaking it in their water bottles," said Pamela Manley a parent and teacher in the school district.

She says just like the clear backpack policy that went into effect last school year, allowing only clear plastic water bottles will be another way to make sure students are staying safe.

"Safety is always in the back of my mind," said Manley. "You know you always have to be on the lookout for everything and anything, it’s totally different from when I first started teaching 18 years ago to now."

That clear bottle policy will go into effect on the first day of the school year.