We work to make sure Whatcom County students in public and private schools from kindergarten to 12th grade have a safe and healthy environment for learning. That includes making sure facilities are safe and that students and staff aren’t exposed to harmful diseases or other hazards.
We work with schools to:
We look at classrooms and make sure lighting, heating, ventilation, and the surroundings meet certain requirements for a healthy learning environment. We also look at other are areas such as cafeterias, playgrounds, arts and crafts rooms, science labs and career/technical education classrooms. When we find health or safety problems, we report back to the school with information on needed improvements.
When a school district is preparing for a new school or a remodel of an existing school, the school contacts the health department to review the school plans. Our staff make sure the school is located in a safe place, and we look at the construction plans to make sure the health and safety rules are followed.
We work together with school staff to prevent the spread of disease. We do this by monitoring for diseases like flu, measles, or whooping cough, and working with schools to take steps that protect other students and staff from getting sick. Some steps we might take are to send disease notification letters or exclude sick individuals or people at high risk of getting sick from school.