School Health & Safety

The aim of the School Health & Safety Program is to protect the students from injury or disease in school facilities. NETCHD works collaboratively with area school districts to achieve this goal. Activities in this program include:

  • Conducting periodic health and safety inspections of all area schools
  • Conducting plan reviews of new or remodeled school facilities
  • Address indoor air quality concerns affecting students
  • Conducting playground safety inspections

Resources & Information

Schools and Wildfire Smoke

Northeast Washington has areas affected by wildfire smoke, and that includes schools and their athletic activities.  

According to fire outlook reports, there will be a continuation of air quality impacts though August and into September.  The fires in Canada are inaccessible and have been responsible for most of the smoke the whole state has been experiencing. Most likely, these will have to be extinguished with fall rains.

Listed below are helpful resources to determine air quality status, activity recommendations, and ways to improve air quality within school buildings.  

  • You can check statewide air quality conditions at Washington Ecology Air Monitors .  Local monitoring stations currently exist in Wellpinit, Colville, and Newport.  If there are localized air quality impairments in areas not represented by a monitoring station, we can make requests for portable monitoring equipment to be deployed in those areas.  Please contact Northeast Tri County Health District if you feel a monitor in your area is needed.
  • Use the Air Pollution and School Activities Guide PDF to determine if air quality conditions warrant activity restrictions.
  • Additional information about local fires, smoke, and air quality forecasting can be found at Washington Smoke Information.

If wildfire smoke impairments exist in your area, use the Improving Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality During Wildfire Smoke Events handout that provides recommendations for schools with mechanical ventilation.