School Environmental Health and Safety Program Manager,
Washington State Department of Health
Nancy Bernard provides technical assistance, resources, and training for local health jurisdiction and K-12 school staff. Her focus includes IAQ, asthma triggers, integrated pest management, noise control, lighting, communicable and zoonotic diseases, cleaning, disinfection, playgrounds, lab/art/shop safety, hazardous materials, and school design. She has a MPH in Environmental Health Sciences from Tulane University, a BS in Environmental Health and a BA in Health Education from the University of Washington, and served on the Lake Washington School District Board of Directors 1997 – 2017. Additionally Nancy taught hands-on science at Faith Lutheran School in Redmond for 5 years and for 3 years at the Bear Creek School.
For December, WFIS received an inquiry about WA K-12 policy on recurrent lice issues in a classroom. So, for this month's Ask Nancy, we look at how to prevent lice outbreaks and review guidelines on how school staff should address discovery of lice. ...read more
November begins the dark winter season in the Pacific NW and is also a time when expectations ramp up for students. Many schools are taking time to improve suicide prevention and student mental health support. So, for this month's Ask Nancy, we look at...read more
For October, we checked with Nancy Bernard to make sure private schools know about the 2018-19 Required Immunizations and to get answers to some common questions related to school vaccination reporting and record keeping. Question: Are private...read more
This September as teachers and students stock up on school supplies, the Department of Health has tips for avoiding chemicals that trigger asthma and allergies. Question: Is there a quick reference list teachers can use for healthy school supplies? Nancy...read more
For August, the Department of Health asked for schools to learn about radon. Radon is the single largest source of radiation for almost everyone in Washington. Here are some questions and answers to help you get started. Question: What is radon? How...read more