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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.

 

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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Radon in Schools

Radon in Schools

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...

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Wildfire Smoke: Risks & How to Prepare

Wildfire Smoke: Risks & How to Prepare

Summer is approaching and many schools face risks from wildfires. So, for June's Ask Nancy, we look at questions about how to be Preparing for Wildfire Smoke. Question: Is there a checklist for schools in wildfire zones that will help us get prepared for...

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