School Safety

The Whatcom County Health Department school safety staff works to provide a safe and healthy environment for children enrolled in primary and secondary schools throughout Whatcom County. Environmental Health staff members are involved in the following activities:
 

  • Conducting two routine food service inspections at each school annually
  • Providing technical assistance and consultation to school staff during illness outbreaks
  • Responding to safety and health concerns from school staff and parents
  • Providing resources and consultation to facility and maintenance staff regarding environmental health issues
  • Conducting site approvals for new schools
  • Providing construction plan reviews for new schools and schools in the process of remodeling
  • Conducting occupancy inspections of new or remodeled schools
  • Conducting playground safety inspections

Currently the Washington State Board of Health is revising the School Regulation Chapter 246-366 WAC: http://www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/Schools/EnvironmentalHealth.aspx