Health & Safety
If students do not feel safe or their basic needs are not met, their ability to learn is diminished. OSPI supports students, schools, educators, and school districts in making schools a safe, healthy, and welcoming environment for all students. The sections included on this page include research, data, laws and policies, and other resources.
OSPI provides statewide leadership, guidance, training, and support for educators. These pages contain information about a variety of school safety topics.
OSPI strives to foster an education system that encompasses the whole child. In Washington, suicide is the second leading cause of death for teens 15 to 19 years old. These pages contain information and resources about suicide prevention, social-emotional learning, substance use prevention and intervention, and more.
OSPI oversees the implementation of child sexual abuse prevention legislation that was passed in 2018, commonly referred to as Erin’s Law. These pages provide information and resources for schools and communities about the prevention of various types of sexual abuse.
These pages contain information about school health services, including preparing schools for the flu, immunization requirements, allergies, and more.
The Healthy Youth Survey (HYS) is a statewide, collaborative effort to ask students voluntary questions every two years about their health risk measures. The data is used by local schools and the state to monitor the health status of youth and track progress on state and federal health-related goals.
The Healthy Schools Washington program is a statewide, collaborative effort with the goal to improve student health and academic achievement through nutrition, physical activity, and the management of chronic conditions in schools.
The Office of Traffic Safety Education (TSE) at OSPI oversees all traffic safety programs that are administered by public school districts in Washington state.