School Safety

The Clallam County School Safety Program responds to and investigates reports of illness and potential safety hazards occurring in public and private schools (kindergarten through high school) in Clallam County according to the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) at the direction of the State Department of Health.

These reports involve issues such as air quality, playground safety and food safety. Environmental Health Specialists review plans of all new and remodeled school sites and provide a safety inspection upon request.

Related Links

WAC 246-366-001 - Facility Standards and Licensing, Primary and Secondary Schools
These Washington State rules and regulations are established as minimum environmental standards for educational facilities. They do not necessarily reflect optimum standards for facility planning and operation.

Health and Safety Guide for K to 12 Schools in Washington
The Guide is intended to help prevent and reduce injuries and illnesses in Washington's K-12 schools. It is a guide for use by department personnel during routine school inspections in identifying violations of good safety practices."

School Indoor Air Quality Best Management Practices Manual
This manual from the Department of Health School Environmental Health and Safety promotes practices that prevent or reduce the contamination of indoor air, thereby contributing to a safe, healthy, productive, and comfortable environment for students, teachers, and other school staff.

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Tools for Schools Program
This is a program from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency designed to help schools and school districts improve indoor air quality in schools.

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has a lot of information available about school safety, including playground safety and indoor air quality.