WENATCHEE, Wash.-- The state Board of Health has postponed a decision on whether to require local health districts to inspect schools annually for health and safety violations.
Before a decision is made, lawmakers will have to decide who will pay for the inspections.
Under the proposed rules, schools would be inspected annually for clean-air violations and potential hazards in high-risk areas, such as playgrounds, laboratories and bathrooms.
The proposal is a revision of 30-year-old health and safety rules that require schools to be inspected "periodically," a term that has been loosely defined.
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