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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.

 

Measles Outbreak in Washington State

Measles Outbreak in Washington State

In late January, Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency in Washington because of a measles outbreak in Clark County.  There was also one reported case of measles in King county. February's Ask Nancy provides some clear guidance on what schools can do and...

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Lice Outbreaks in Schools

Lice Outbreaks in Schools

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.  ...

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Supporting Students & Suicide Prevention

Supporting Students & Suicide Prevention

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...

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Immunizations and Schools

Immunizations and Schools

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...

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Healthy Back-To-School List Guidance

Healthy Back-To-School List Guidance

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...

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