Agencies and Committees

WFIS represents the interests of private schools on agency boards and working groups and serves as the official liaison organization for independent schools with OSPI and the Department of Early Learning.

WFIS Agency and Committee News


Preparing for Wildfire and Smoke Season

Preparing for Wildfire and Smoke Season

The Child Care Health Program of King County has a detailed reminder to talk to teachers about change in daily schedule dictated by air quality due to fires. Things to think about: recess alternatives, kids with asthma, and air inside buildings.

Updated School Guidance is here

WFIS has pulled some of the key highlights from the WA State Department of Health Summary of July 28, 2021 Changes for schools to grasp below.  As always, we encourage everyone to read the full guidance and bring questions and concerns to WFIS for further...

OSPI Contractors for EANS Direct Services

WFIS will be providing school leaders with opportunities to engage each of the three contracted EANS service providers. Schools interested in utilizing these services, must ensure the details are outlined in your EANS application and reflected in the budget.

FCC Approves Emergency Connectivity Fund

The $7.1 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund Program (ECFP) passed as part of the latest COVID relief bill will be available for schools to purchase laptops, tablets, hotspots, and other forms of connectivity for students and teachers. Within the next two months, the FCC will open an initial 45-day application window allowing schools to seek funding for future purchases of approved services and devices.

What a Celebration! YAY for Fair Start for Kids!

What a Celebration! YAY for Fair Start for Kids!

WFIS joined more than 200 other community advocates, childcare centers, moms & families in celebrating the signing of the Fair Start for Kids Act this morning of Friday, May 7.  It was an amazing gathering with SO many people who have fought so hard for many years. 

Gov Inslee announces 2 week pause on phases

Gov Inslee announces 2 week pause on phases

Today the Governor held a press conference to announce that no county will move back — or forward — in the state’s COVID-19 reopening plan for at least two weeks.  Pausing the Healthy Washington plan means all 39 counties can remain in their current phases, and all...

OSPI monthly meeting with WFIS

WFIS shared several questions from our private school leaders’ meetings with OSPI Superintendent Chris Reykdal at our monthly meeting.   Since the COVID crisis erupted, the opportunity for a monthly check-in has provided private schools and the state agency with greater understanding and means of collaboration.  

WA Care & Youth Development Recovery Workgroup

WFIS attended today’s Washington Care and Youth Development Recovery Workgroup to gain a high-level overview of details to result from the Fair Start For Kids Act passage, the $391M in stabilization grants, and implementation of DCYF’s virtual licensing visits.

About our work


WFIS representatives work with State Agencies, including the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), The Department of Children Youth & Families (DCYF), The Department of Health (DOH) and others to advocate for the particular needs of private schools. 

WFIS representatives communicate regularly with WFIS leadership and member schools so that dialogue includes the needs of private schools.

WFIS works directly with the executive directors of the accreditation organizations in Washington to protect the integrity of accreditation and our schools.  We refer to these leaders “Constituency Leaders” and rely on their in-depth understanding of their schools to guide WFIS’ policy decisions.

WFIS is in Olympia during the legislative session, building relationships with Legislators and their staff, collaborating with lobbying organizations with similar goals, as well as reading and contributing to legislation to be ensure private schools are considered when law is crafted and when it is passed.