School Health and Safety
Clark County students and school staff deserve and expect a healthy environment in which to learn and teach. Staff in the School Health and Safety Program work to ensure environmental standards for educational facilities are met. This work is done through plan review of new schools and remodels, placement of mobile classrooms, responding to notifications by concerned members of the public, and working with school representatives to identify health risks and opportunities for improvement.
Plan Review Process
Whether drawing up plans for a new primary or secondary school or working on a remodel, Clark County Public Health will review the plans to ensure minimum environmental health standards are met as well as offer best practices ideas to improve the health and safety of the students and staff who will be attending. For best practice suggestions and a brief outline of requirements, please view our School Design Tips for New Construction and Remodels.
Once you are ready to submit your plans for review, please completely fill out the school plan review application form and submit the necessary documents.
If you have any questions concerning this process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be directed to a Environmental Health Specialist.
Additional Clark County Environmental Public Health Resources:
Washington State Rules and Resources: Clark County Public Health partners with Washington State Department of Health, local school districts, and community partners to ensure schools are safe and healthy for students and school staff.
- Washington Administrative Code 246-366, Primary and Secondary Schools
- Health and Safety Guide for K-12 Schools in Washington
- Washington State Department of Health: About the School Environmental Health Program
Indoor Air Quality: There is considerable evidence that supports a relationship between poor indoor air quality and impaired student learning and increased illness. Children spend between 80 and 85 percent of their time indoors, which includes about seven hours per day in school. Poor indoor air quality in schools is associated with increased student absenteeism and reduced student academic performance. (Washington State Department of Health)
- Washington State Department of Health: Healthy Air Quality in Schools
- EPA - School Indoor Air Quality
Lead in School Drinking Water: Ensuring the safety of our community’s drinking water is a core public health value. While the risk of lead in school drinking water is low in Clark County, our department actively works with school districts as technical advisors on water sampling, identifying potential lead sources, assessing risk, and informing parents if exposure has occurred. The following resources are available on the Washington Department of Health website:
- Washington Department of Health: Lead in School Drinking Water FAQ
- Washington Department of Health: Testing for Lead in School Drinking Water
- Lead Testing in Drinking Water Webinar