A Child's Wonderland Preschool
Outdoor Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan
35 Route 137
Harwich, MA 02645


IPM Coordinator
Dorothy McDevitt

Primary Contact
Dorothy McDevitt, 508-432-4400, childswonderland@netzero.com

By signing the end of this outdoor IPM plan, the IPM coordinator, Dorothy McDevitt, of this School and the Pest Management Professionals described above acknowledge, and agree to the terms of this OUTDOOR integrated pest management plan.


A. INTRODUCTION

    In compliance with the Act Protecting Children and Families from Harmful Pesticides the A Child's Wonderland Preschool on 4/29/2015 10:25:00 AM has prepared the following outdoor IPM plan about pest control and pesticide use.

    This plan describes the pest management practices for outdoor areas of A Child's Wonderland Preschool and clearly states itís pesticide use policies.

    A copy of the plan has been filed with the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), and at least one printed copy must be kept on site and made available to the public upon request.

    By centralizing all of the information about this facilityís pest management practices the plan serves as a guide to direct this facilityís IPM coordinator, Dorothy McDevitt

    Objectives
    The objectives of the integrated pest management program conducted at the A Child's Wonderland Preschool are listed below.

  • Reduce childrenís exposure to pesticides and pesticide residues whenever possible.
  • Manage pests that may occur on facilities to prevent interference with the learning environment of the students.
  • Provide the safest playing or athletic surfaces possible.

    In light of these objectives, the A Child's Wonderland Preschool has selected the following as itís IPM policy statement.


B.POLICY STATEMENT

    It is the policy of this school to implement Integrated Pest Management procedures to control structural and landscape pests and minimize exposure of children, faculty, and staff to pesticides.


C. IPM COMMITTEE

    The tasks set before an IPM committee are to:
  • Develop an IPM plan. The IPM plan is in essence, a document that describes the organization and implementation of IPM on school grounds.
  • Evaluate progress of the IPM program.
  • Communicate about IPM - Facilitate communication within the school about IPM practices.
  • Assist in development of contract specifications.
  • Provide notification to parents about pesticide use.

    The OUTDOOR committee members selected for the A Child's Wonderland Preschool are listed below:
    1) Dorothy McDevitt (Outdoor IPM Coordinator)
    2) Charles McDevitt
    3) Megan Ryan

D. COMMUNICATING IPM WITHIN THE FACILITY

    Pest Management Personnel to Building Staff:

    The Pest Management Professional communicates with the IPM coordinator of the facility. The IPM coordinator then posts this information in a common viewing area dedicated to the subject of integrated pest management.

    Staff/Students communicate with their supervisors who then pass information onto the IPM coordinator.


E. EDUCATION AND TRAINING OF FACILITY OCCUPANTS & STAFF

    IPM training will occur on a yearly basis. Training will take place at the first staff meeting of the school year.


F. OUTDOOR MONITORING

    The IPM plan will follow a Annually evaluation schedule. When pests are present, A Child's Wonderland Preschool has chosen an OUTDOOR monitoring schedule that consists of Daily inspections. When pests are absent the OUTDOOR monitoring schedule will consist of Weekly inspections.

    The following technique will be used to monitor for pests: Reports from facility personnel (pest reporting forms) would prompt the IPM coordinator to setup monitoring traps, which would be used to identity the pest and determine its abundance.


G. COURSE OF ACTION TAKEN FOR OUTDOOR PESTS

    Outdoor property includes the turf, landscaping, and the outdoor grounds such as building exterior, playground equipment, etc..  A Child's Wonderland Preschool has prepared maps of the outdoor facility and identified the following priority areas for maintenance:

    Turf
    mowing is done in front of the school and on a small patch on the hill of the school. leaf raing is doen in the front and on the playground of the school. flower beds are weeded and maintained.

    Landscaping
    Landscape maintenance is done on a small patch of grass and cutting back of the trees on the palyground.

    OutdoorGrounds
    The playground is a priority for pest management.

    The following pests have historically and/or currently been a problem at A Child's Wonderland Preschool:

    TURF PESTS   LANDSCAPING AND
    PLANT PESTS
      OUTDOOR GROUNDS
    PESTS

    Surface and/or thatch pests
        Ants

    Weeds
        Crabgrass
        Dandelions, plaintains, ground ivy, cinquefoil

    Other
     

    Weeds
        Crabgrass

    Other
     

    Pests
        Ants

    Other


    TURF MANAGEMENT PLAN

    The following areas are priority areas for maintenance: mowing is done in front of the school and on a small patch on the hill of the school. leaf raing is doen in the front and on the playground of the school. flower beds are weeded and maintained.

    Cultural Practices

    Mowing:
    Mowing height is low to the ground. Clippings are not removed. Mower baldes are sharpened when necessary.

    Aeration:
    not applicable

    Water Management:
    Watering is done nightly in the front of the school only.

    Fertilization:
    Fertilizer has not been applied.

    Equipment Maintenance:
    Equipment is cleaned with bleach and water. Equipment is checked frquently for broken areas and splintered areas.

    Turfgrass diseases

    Describe the monitoring technique you used for the pests above.

    Provide information on how you diagnosed the pests above.

    Provide details on the non-chemical control measures have you taken to manage the pests above.

    Describe any alternative management or biological strategies being used or planned to be used, if any.

    If you use fungicides, describe your rationale for using them for the pests above.

    Insects/pests under the soil or root zone

    Surface and/or thatch pests
    Ants

    Describe the monitoring technique you used for the pests above.
    Monitoring will happen daily when ants are present, weekly when they are not.

    Provide information on how you identified the species of pests above.
    ANts are identified by using information on the IPM website.

    Provide details on the non-chemical control measures have you taken to manage the pests above.
    Non chemical control measures have not been needed to date.

    Describe any alternative management or biological strategies being used or planned to be used, if any.
    No biological strategies have been used.

    If you use insecticides, describe your rationale for using them for the pests above.
    No insecticides have been used.

    Pesticide
    Product
    Name
    Active
    Ingredient
    EPA Registration
    Number
    Target
    Pest
    Rationale
    for use
    none

  • Insecticides are used only when monitoring has shown that insects are present. 

    Weeds
    Crabgrass
    Dandelions, plaintains, ground ivy, cinquefoil

    Describe the monitoring technique you used for the pests above.
    The playground is monitored for weeds that have become a problem.

    Provide information on how you identified the species of pests above.
    Identification is with the help of the IPM website.

    Provide details on the non-chemical control measures have you taken to manage the pests above.
    Weeding by hand is used.

    Describe any alternative management or biological strategies being used or planned to be used, if any.
    No biological statiegies are planned to be used at this time.

    If you use herbicides, describe your rationale for using them for the pests above.
    none are used

    Pesticide
    Product
    Name
    Active
    Ingredient
    EPA Registration
    Number
    Target
    Pest
    Rationale
    for use
    none

  • Herbicides are applied as a spot treatment when appropriate. 

    LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT PLAN

    The following areas are priority areas for maintenance: Landscape maintenance is done on a small patch of grass and cutting back of the trees on the palyground.

    Cultural Practices

    Monitoring Program:
    The playground is monitored daily for weeds and vines. These are removed by hand.

    Soil Maintenance:
    The flower beds in the front of the school are mulched.

    Fertilizer Use Practices:
    No fertilizer is applied

    Plant Care:
    Mulch and flower plantings are done to the front of the school only.

    Watering:
    Watering is done between May and October in the front of the school during the evening.

    Tree and Shrub Diseases

    Describe the monitoring technique you used for the pests above.

    Provide information on how you diagnosed the pests above.

    Provide details on the non-chemical control measures have you taken to manage the pests above.

    If you use fungicides, describe your rationale for using them in for the pests above.

    Describe or identify any alternative management or biological strategies being used or planned to be used

    Insects and Related Pests

    Describe the monitoring technique you used for the pests above.

    Provide information on how you identified the species of the pests above.

    Provide details on the non-chemical control measures you have taken to manage the pests above.

    If you use insecticides, describe your rationale for using them for the pests above.

    Describe or identify any alternative management or biological strategies being used or planned to be used

    Weeds
    Crabgrass

    Describe the monitoring technique you used for the pests above.
    The playground is monitored for crabgrass on a weekly basis.

    Provide information on how you identified the species of the pests above.
    Crabgrass is is identified by the IPM website.

    Provide details on the non-chemical control measures have you taken to manage the pests above.
    Crabgrass is removed by hand.

    If you use herbicides, describe your rationale for using them for the pests above.
    Herbicides are not currwntly being used.

    Describe or identify any alternative management or biological strategies being used or planned to be used
    No biological strategies are planned to be used.

    Pesticide
    Product
    Name
    Active
    Ingredient
    EPA Registration
    Number
    Target
    Pest
    Rationale
    for use
    none

  • Herbicides are only applied by a certified and/or licensed applicator. 

    OUTDOOR MANAGEMENT PLAN

    The following areas are priority areas for maintenance: The playground is a priority for pest management.

    Cultural Practices

    OUTDOOR GROUNDS GENERAL MANAGEMENT PRACTICES

    Waste Disposal (trash containers and dumpsters):

    Trash is thrown in a dumpster that is emptied biweekly. The dumpster is located in the staff parking lot away from the school.

    Light Management:
    Exterior lighting is on a timer so that it is on only when needed and goes off at a certain time.

    Excess Water Prevention:
    Containers that collect water are dumped out immediately after a rain storm.

    Noxious Weed Management:
    No noxious weeds are present.

    Playgrounds (if applicable):
    Playground equipment is checked weekly for nests and are removed by hand.

    Nuisance weeds in pavement:
    Weeds are pulled when seen.

    Storage Sheds (If applicable):
    The storage shed is kept organized and cleaned to prevent the presence of mice.

    Insects observed in and around outdoor grounds of school property.
    Ants

    Pests
    Ants

    Insects in playground area (if applicable)

    Describe the monitoring technique you used for the pests above.
    THe playground is monitored daily for ants.

    Provide information on how you identified the species of the pests above.
    Identification of ants are done by the information on the IPM website.

    Provide details on the non-chemical control measures you have taken to manage the pests above.
    Non chemical control measures have not been needed.

    If you use insecticides, describe your rationale for using them for the pests above.
    None have been used.

    Pesticide
    Product
    Name
    Active
    Ingredient
    EPA Registration
    Number
    Target
    Pest
    Rationale
    for use
    none

  • Insecticides are only applied by a certified and/or licensed applicator. 

    Weeds
    Noxious weeds noticed on the school grounds

    Describe the monitoring technique you used for the pests above.

    Provide information on how you identified the species of the pests above.

    Provide details on the non-chemical control measures have you taken to manage the pests above.

    If you use herbicides, describe your rationale for using them for the pests above.


H. RECORD KEEPING

    In the case of A Child's Wonderland Preschool, OUTDOOR monitoring records will be maintained through: The use of forms which will be filled out by the person monitoring the facility


I. EVALUATING THE PROGRAM

    The IPM plan will be evaluated on a Annually basis.


J. NOTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS & EXEMPTIONS

    During the creation of this IPM plan, Dorothy McDevitt has assigned committee memberDorothy McDevitt with the responsibility of assembling and issuing all the documents that accompany the standard written notification whenever pesticides are applied outdoors.


K. IN THE EVENT OF A HEALTH EMERGENCY

    During the creation of this IPM plan, Dorothy McDevitt has assigned committee memberDorothy McDevitt with the responsibility of applying for an emergency waiver.


L. LIST OF PESTICIDES TO BE USED OUTSIDE THE FACILITY

    The following list includes all the pesticides that will be used outside A Child's Wonderland Preschool. This list includes all herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides that will be used in the event that chemical is required.

    Pesticide
    Product
    Name
    Active
    Ingredient
    EPA Registration
    Number
    Target
    Pest
    Rationale
    for use
    none
    none
    none
    none


M. WELL WATER SYSTEM

    The school does not have its own on site well water system.


I attest, to the best of my knowledge, that the above information is complete, accurate and true

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IPM Coordinator Signature Date
   
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Administrator, Director, or Principal Date

Outdoor IPM Plan originally submitted on: 10/18/2006 3:15:00 PM
Plan updated by Dorothy McDevitt on: 4/29/2015 10:25:00 AM