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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.



  • What services and programs does the Health Department offer to schools?
  • Does the Health Department have resources I can use or display in my classroom?
  • Our school is hosting a health fair. Does the Health Department have educational materials or staff that are available to present?
  • Can Health Department staff come speak to our school about topics like healthy behaviors, tobacco and vaping, nutrition, puberty, or sexual health?
  • What grants or funding does the Health Department offer to schools?
  • What kind of health and safety inspections does the Health Department conduct at schools?
  • Where can our school refer parents with questions about child immunization?
  • If a student has lice, what procedures should our school follow?
  • How can our school and our students participate in the School-Based Oral Health program?
  • What should schools know when a public health consultant needs to speak with a student about a confidential health matter?
  • Where can schools get information about smoking, electronic cigarette, and vaping prevention?
  • What does the Health Department recommend as alternatives to suspension for students in violation of the school’s tobacco and substance use policy?
  • Now that recreational marijuana is legal in Washington for adults 21 years and older, what is the Health Department doing to prevent underage use?

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