Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program
The goal of the Integrated Pest Management program is to protect our students, faculty, and staff from noxious pests as well as protect them from unwarranted exposure to toxic chemicals. We will strive to reduce the use of chemicals and still manage unwanted pest populations by preventing pest infestations. We will control weeds and pest by using non chemical methods, applying chemicals only as needed, and targeting chemical use only to those locations where pests or weeds become unmanageable by other methods.
Traditional Pest Control
Traditional pest control in our schools has usually meant pesticide applications. Pesticides were often sprayed on exposed surfaces throughout the school whether pests were present or not. These exposed surfaces were not only areas where pests had contact, but also were areas that children might contact. Our society is becoming more aware of the effects that improper or wholesale use of chemicals may have on humans. Most parents feel their children have a right to attend school without being exposed to harmful chemicals. Our Administrators and Maintenance staff want to protect our students and staff from chemical exposure. Pesticides do not solve the problems that cause pest infestations. For instance, poor sanitation creates conditions that pests exploit. Pesticides may kill some of the pests that thrive in conditions of poor sanitation, but they will not correct the conditions. However if we remove the conditions that allow them to thrive the pest will no longer be a problem. We believe that we have the responsibility to provide a safe school environment while limiting the risk of exposure to chemicals. Integrated Pest Management is designed to provide a safe and healthy environment for our staff and children, while managing pests that may harm children or disrupt the learning environment. Integrated Pest Management offers an alternative to traditional control methods by emphasizing chemical reduction through long term solutions to pest populations, and prevents unwanted vegetation and pests by decreasing the resources they need to survive. If pests do become a problem, chemicals are used sparingly. The goal of IPM can be summarized simply by the following: reduce chemical use while providing solutions for pest and unwanted vegetation management.
Inspections & Records
One of the necessary steps for a successful IPM program is an Inspection Report. Custodial, maintenance and food service personnel inspect school sites on a regular basis during the performance of their regular duties. These staff members will document problem areas that are conducive for pest infestations, such as areas overgrown with weeds, unsanitary conditions in classrooms, problems in storage or food service areas, and the discovery of any pest infestations. The sighting log is another tool that is used to monitor and locate pest populations. These logs are forwarded to the Maintenance & Operations staff and record when and where pests have been seen. The log should include the location, date, and type of pest sighted, and who completed the sighting log. This log will determine the need for treatment, because sometimes after all of the non chemical methods of pest management have been employed, it may be necessary to use chemicals. Records are kept to show the use of chemicals at the school sites. These records will document the areas treated, type of pests targeted, chemicals used, and the rate and amount of chemicals used.
When chemical treatments are necessary to manage vegetation or pests, we will attempt to notify everyone at the site. No treatments shall be made unless school is out for a period of at least 48 hours. If possible, treatments will be scheduled for longer breaks in the school year. A chemical application warning sign including the date and time of treatment, materials to be used, and the public re entry time will be placed in a conspicuous area where treatments are scheduled to be made. The Superintendent or designee will be responsible for determining when chemicals will be applied, and for the notification of the school site.
Implementation of IPM
To be effective, the IPM program must establish clear lines of communication and designated roles of responsibilities. The School Governing Board has established the over all pest management policy. The Superintendent or designee will ensure that the District=s IPM satisfies the priorities within the parameters set by the Governing Board, and shall monitor the results from the individual schools. The Site Administrators will ensure that the IPM program is adopted at their school site. Students and Staff at each school site share in the responsibility for pest management. The Superintendent or designee facilitates communication, and evaluates the procedures and progress of the IPM program. The custodial, maintenance and food service staff, will inspect, monitor, and recommend changes to factors contributing to any infestations. The remaining staff upgrades procedures to prevent pest populations.
Eureka City Schools
Integrated Pest Management Policy Statement
It shall be the policy of the Eureka City Schools District to implement Integrated Pest Management procedures to control structural and landscape pests. Whenever chemicals are used to control pests there is the potential for human exposure. The Governing Board recognizes that exposure to chemicals may trigger allergic responses in sensitive individuals. To reduce exposure to chemicals in the school environment, district staff shall employ the least hazardous methods and materials effective for control of unwanted pests. These methods shall include removal of unwanted vegetation, proper sanitation, exclusion of nesting locations, and good house-keeping practices. The application of chemicals will be employed only when non-chemical methods have failed. No pesticide shall be used at any school site without the approval of the Superintendent or designee. The application of chemicals shall only be made after students, their guardians and the staff at the affected site have received written notification. Pesticides, shall only be applied at school sites by persons trained in the proper methods of application.