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Introduction

Administrators of daycares, schools and school age child care programs must ensure that their facility ("school property") has an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plan on file with the Department of Agricultural Resources. They are also required to ensure standard written notification of parents and staff whenever a pesticide application is being made outdoors on school property. Emergency situations may require an exemption from the conditions of the law. Exemptions are granted by ther local Board of Health or Department of Agricultural Resources.

The Basics

Background Information - Questions & Answers (June, 2003)
The basics requirements of the Children and Families Protection Act are presented in a question and answer format...

Children's and Families' Protection Act of 2000 (April, 2000)
The full text of the act signed into law by Governor Cellucci in April 2000...

User Guide for Applicators & Administrators
A guide for administrators and pesticide applicators which defines school property, and provides greater details on how to ensure compliance...

Frequently Asked Questions About the Act
A collection of questions and answers which addresses issues ranging from aesthetic pesticide use to unique situations...

Compliance Checklist
A 10 step guide to help you quickly ensure compliance with the state law regarding IPM in schools, daycare centers and school age child care programs


Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

What is Integrated Pest Management (IPM) ?
Integrated pest management is an effective, environmentally friendly approach to pest management that relies on a combination of commonsense practices. Many definitions have been proposed…

IPM Plan Guidelines
General guidelines for developing an IPM plan…

Make your IPM plan online
Use the interactive IPM plan maker to develop your indoor and outdoor IPM plans. The plans can then be submitted electronically to the Department for online viewing…

IPM Tools and Resources
Links to select sites on the web which deal with Integrated Pest Management...

Forms

Standard written notification requirements and Form
Notification of parents and staff is required whenever a pesticide is used outdoors on school property...

Emergency Waiver Forms
Where a human health emergency requires the immediate use of pesticides or the use of pesticides prohibited under the law, schools/ daycares/ school age child care programs can apply for an emergency exemption...

Pesticides

Pesticides exempt from the law
On the Indoor property of schools, daycare centers and school age childcare programs, the law allows the use of certain pesticide products which are referred to as "minimum risk 25b products…

Pesticides prohibited by law
Pesticides which contain inert ingredients of toxicological concern or which are considered to be likely or probable human carcinogens are prohibited from use under the law...

Are you providing safe drinking water for your shool? [PDF]
Drinking water provided by schools is regulated under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act and state laws and regulations. If your school has its own on-site well water system, it is regulated as a public water system, and school officials are responsible for making sure the water is safe…

IPM Education In Schools

Teaching students about Integrated Pest Management (IPM) can be a fun and educational part of a student's overall education. In particular, IPM can be an invaluable part of a student's science and home economics curriculum. Additionally, students educated in IPM will likely adopt practices, which will reduce and or prevent pests within their community, school and home.

The following links outline approaches schools can take to teach students about IPM:

Urban IPM for students in grades K-6

Pest Patrol (Teachers Guide) grades K-8

IPM for Teachers Curriculum - Weeds: grades 8-12

Invasive Species and IPM (resource directory): grades K-12

Insect identification, fun (insect related) activities and resources: grades K-8