2024-25 Supply List Guidance for Healthy Classrooms

DOH’s Supply List Guidance for Healthy Classrooms (PDF) offers safe supply list choices to help provide a healthier classroom environment. Some local health jurisdictions may have additional policies prohibiting certain classroom supplies, so be sure your school is also connected with them.

Feedback from private school inspection reports advises that fragrances, including essential oils, should be avoided, and students cannot use products containing hazardous chemicals.


The K12 Health & Safety Guide is being updated

Your feedback is needed. The feedback survey is due by June 15. Note the section and title on which you are providing input.

The DOH/OSPI K12 Health and Safety Guide, last revised in 2003, is being updated. The K-12 Health and Safety Guide Review webpage posts its “Revised Sections” after they pass expert panel review. Currently, these are the sections offered. Others will be posted in the days ahead:

Section E. Sewage Disposal (PDF)

Section H. Sound Control (PDF)

Section I. Lighting (PDF)

Section M. Bloodborne Pathogens and Exposure Control Plan (PDF)

Section O. Animals in Schools (PDF)

Section Q. Pesticide Use in Schools (PDF)

Appendix F. Animals in Schools (PDF)


Diabetes & Disordered Eating

Review the May recording of Dish WA here and the session slides here.

What association exists between diabetes and eating disorders?

  • Disordered eating symptoms are reported in 20-30% of adolescents, and the rate of eating disorders in adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes is 2-3x higher.

Why is there this association?

  • In diabetes management, so much attention is paid to maintaining blood glucose numbers and making food choices. It can be easy for students and their families to hyper-fixate on these factors.
  • This could encourage seeking perfectionism in blood glucose numbers, feeling deprived of, or having distressing thoughts about food choices.
  • Additionally, students with diabetic bodies may go through physical changes due to insulin treatment that could cause personal distress about weight and body image.
  • Peer, family, societal, and social media influence the development of eating disorders as well.