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


 

Help teen workers stay safe this summer

Many of our students will be searching for their first job this summer. The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) encourages schools, teenagers, and parents to ensure that young workers are aware of their rights in the workplace and avoid hazardous work that...

Pertussis Alert

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) Health Alert Network (HAN) recently sent an advisory about the rise of pertussis (whooping cough) cases in multiple jurisdictions. As of 5/4/2024, there have been a total of 170 confirmed or probable cases of pertussis...

The K12 Health & Safety Guide is being updated

The DOH/OSPI K12 Health and Safety Guide, last revised in 2003, is about to be updated. The K-12 Health and Safety Guide Review public webpage posts its "Revised Sections" after they pass expert panel review. Currently, these sections are offered, but others will be...

Private School Approval timeline 

Private schools will be approved or provisionally approved at the State Board of Education's June 2024 Board Meeting. If you need to figure out how the process is going for your school, check its status on the downloadable spreadsheet on the Private School Approval...

FAFSA is important for private school students too

WFIS is asking school leaders to remind parents and students of the importance of filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid(FAFSA) and the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA). By not filling out one of these forms, our private school...

Phishing scam email

This week, numerous private schools around the state were emailed a bogus verification scam. This is the third one this year; we know they will keep coming. The State Board of Education is looking but cannot determine the culprit. Remember that the State Board does...

Local Health Jurisdiction meeting – Tacoma Pierce County

On Thursday, May 2, WFIS attended the Tacoma Pierce County Health District schools meeting led by Environmental Health Specialist Lori Karnes. One relevant agenda topic - Pollution Prevention Assistance - applies to private schools statewide: Department of Ecology:...

Health & Safety info for schools

DOH changes to school-based COVID/Flu testing at the end of May The free testing supplies outlined by the WA Dept of Health have started to run out, so the ordering system will shut down at the end of May (maybe sooner). All participating schools should be receiving...

Public & private students partnering for the future

On May 2nd at 7 pm, the Seattle Times will host “The Future is in Our Hands,” a free interactive evening for community members at Franklin High School in Seattle, highlighting five featured presentations on how Washingtonians are working to help students succeed. The...

Update to Immunization Requirements webinar

The recording and slide deck from DOH's March webinar on the 2024-25 updated immunization requirements are now available. Presentation slides (PDF) Watch the recording DOH also has two new resources and a School Module Listserv for those using the WA ISS who want to...

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 as “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, and reading and contributing to legislation to ensure private schools are considered when law is crafted and passed.