School Safety

The School Program works to assure that public and private K-12 schools in Cowlitz County are constructed and operating in compliance with state safety and health regulations (WAC 246-366 - Primary and Secondary Schools). The health department accomplishes this by reviewing plans for the construction of new schools and the remodeling of older facilities, as well as following up on complaints regarding school environmental health and safety issues. The food program also inspects the facilities that provide food service on a regular basis.


School Site Review Application & Checklist

School Plan Review Application

School Plan Review Checklist

 School Modular Building Plan Review Checklist

School Playground Plan Review Checklist


WAC 246-366 - Primary and Secondary Schools

Health and Safety Guide for K-12 Schools in Washington

Classroom Cleaning Tips for Teachers

Handwashing to Prevent Illness at School

Infectious Disease Control Guide for School Staff, OSPI (2014)

School Indoor Air Quality Best Management Practices Manual

Responding to Indoor Air Quality Concerns in our Schools

WSU School Integrated Pest Management

DOH School Environmental Health Program

DOH School Environmental Health & Safety Resources

Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools