Healthy students in safe learning environments
To promote school health and safety, the Health Department:
- Reviews plans for new schools and changes to schools.
- Educates school staff about health and safety issues.
- Conducts inspections.
- Investigates reports of illness and safety hazards.
- School Services Directory—Our programs, services and connections for schools.
- School plan review—Necessary before construction or remodel of any school.
- Keep kids safe at school—Information about school safety, air quality, disease prevention and more.
- For parents, healthcare providers and state and local agencies—How to promote healthy families and increase the use of preventive healthcare for children.
- Reducing health risks for students—Ways to create safe and supportive environments so all young people have the opportunity to learn and be healthy.
- Handwashing—Activities, lessons, rental trailer and other tools to promote handwashing.
What does the Health Department do for schools?
Do you have anything I can use or display in my classroom?
Yes! We have free posters, stickers, coloring pages and more. Contact Michele Haymond at email@example.com or (253) 468-6373.
We’re hosting a health fair. Can you help?
Sure! We can give you resources to display or hand out to attendees. We may even be able to host a Health Department table. Contact Michele Haymond at firstname.lastname@example.org or (253) 468-6373.
Can you speak at our school about topics like healthy habits, puberty or sexual health?
We have given presentations to students and school staff. We may be able to help. Contact Michele Haymond at email@example.com or (253) 468-6373.
Do you offer grants or funding to schools?
We have offered grants and funding to schools. When we offer grants or funding, we notify schools, school districts and community organizations.
Do you inspect schools?
We inspect school kitchens to make sure food is safe to eat. We inspect school facilities to make sure they’re safe for students and staff. For more information, check out our School Services Directory for who to contact.
What should we tell parents with questions about immunizations?
What should we do if a student has lice?
Our lice page has all of the information you need.
Do you provide dental services to students?
Our School-based Oral Health Program offers preventive dental services for students. To find out more, check out our School Services Directory for who to contact.
When a public health consultant asks to speak with a student about a confidential health matter, what should I know?
Washington law mandates testing to prevent and control communicable disease. We may ask a school nurse or administrator to arrange a private meeting with a student. We test and treat people 14 years and older. Minors may receive testing and treatment without parent or guardian consent. For more information, check out our School Services Directory for who to contact.
Do you have resources for preventing students from smoking or vaping?
Do you have resources for preventing students from using marijuana?