The health district is part of the construction process for public, private and parochial K-12 schools, including sites for homeschool enrichment programs. Health district involvement is required by law (Washington State Board of Health Primary and Secondary School Regulations Chapter 246-366 WAC) for projects defined as “new construction”. Approval is required before construction starts and after the project is completed (before occupancy).
Health district review complements a building department review. It considers a school’s proposed curriculum and determines appropriate health and safety requirements, like the need for fume hoods in chemistry labs; the building department ensures the correct design and construction of those items.
During the construction process, the health district must:
IMPORTANT NOTE: it is the school’s responsibility to submit plans and request inspections. The building department DOES NOT automatically forward plans or requests for pre-occupancy inspections.
Health district review/approval is required for proposed changes or modifications to any portion of a school playground. The health district must: