Washington State has less than fifteen traditional boarding schools that educate local students and offer residential programs to some of its student community. These schools are Washington State-approved and inspected by the local health jurisdiction (LHJ).

WFIS is working with Washington’s boarding schools through the Department of Children, Youth & Family’s (DCYF) “negotiated rule-making process” to develop laws for inspecting boarding schools. While this endeavor is burdensome and time-intensive, WFIS remains steadfast in its pursuit of ensuring efficiency and curbing redundancy in health and safety mandates. Boarding schools already work with local health departments, the state health department, insurance companies, building code authorities, fire marshals, accreditors, and boarding school professional associations.