Acton Cooperative School
Indoor Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan
592 Mass. Ave.
Acton, MA 01720


IPM Coordinator
Joan Turner

Primary Contact
Joan Turner, 978-263-4547, actoncoop@netzero.com

By signing the end of this indoor IPM plan, the IPM coordinator, Joan Turner, of this School and the Pest Management Professionals described above acknowledge, and agree to the terms of this INDOOR integrated pest management plan.


A .INTRODUCTION

    In compliance with the Act Protecting Children and Families from Harmful Pesticides, Acton Cooperative School on 10/4/2006 3:48:00 PM has prepared the following indoor IPM plan. By centralizing all of the information about this facilityís pest management practices the plan serves as a guide to direct this facilityís IPM coordinator,  Joan Turner , about pest control and pesticide use.

    This plan describes the pest management practices for indoor areas of the Acton Cooperative School 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.

    Objectives
    The objectives of the integrated pest management program conducted at the Acton Cooperative School are listed below.

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

    In light of these objectives, the Acton Cooperative School has selected the following as itís IPM policy statement:


B.POLICY STATEMENT

    Structural and landscape pests can pose significant problems for people and property. Pesticides can pose risks to people, property, and the environment. It is therefore the policy of this school to incorporate Integrated Pest Management (IPM) procedures for control of structural and landscape pests. The objective of this program is to provide necessary pest control while minimizing pesticide use.


C.IPM COMMITTEE

    The tasks set before an IPM committee are to:

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

    The INDOOR committee members selected for the Acton Cooperative School are listed below:
    1) Joan Turner (Indoor IPM Coordinator)


D. COMMUNICATING IPM WITHIN THE FACILITY

    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. In addition, the IPM coordinator also communicates information to the staff supervisors who then distribute the information to all the staff and occupants concerned.

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


E. EDUCATION AND TRAINING OF FACILITY OCCUPANTS & STAFF

  • Teachers and parents
  • Concerns will be brought to Director who will handle issues using the IPM plan.
  • Annually at faculty meeting and Board meeting of representative parents
  • Director will present IPM plan once a year.
  • Students eat lunch on picnic tables only.


F. INDOOR MONITORING

    The IPM committee will evaluate the plan annually. When pests are present, Acton Cooperative School has chosen an INDOOR monitoring schedule that consists of weekly inspections. When pests are absent the INDOOR 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 contact the facilityís Pest Management Professional who would then conduct a facility audit.


G. COURSE OF ACTION TAKEN FOR INDOOR PESTS

    The following pests have historically and/or currently been a problem at Acton Cooperative School:
    • Ants
    • Rats & Mice

    The School's IPM approach to managing the indoor pests includes the following actions:

    SCHOOL PEST DESCRIPTION
    Mice-small mice have been found occasionally in the kitchen of the church. Ants have not been a problem but might become one int he future.

    SCHOOL PEST LOCATION DETAILS
    Mice have been found in the kitchen in the past.

    SCHOOL PEST ACTIVITY
    If one mouse is found we go into pest control system and put out a trap to catch and release.

    MONITORING/INSPECTION
    We check for mice droppings in the kitchen.

    ELIMINATING ACCESS
    The kitchen has a plan for keeping all food cleaned up and in the refrigerator. They also have a cleaning system in place.

    ELIMINATING SOURCES OF FOOD AND WATER
    Above-no food left out in kitchen

    ELIMINATION OF SHELTER AND HARBORAGE
    We are housede in an old church and it is difficult to keep mice outside.

    NON-CHEMICAL CONTROLS
    Catch and rellease traps do not use chemicals.

    CHEMICAL CONTROLS
    PESTICIDE USE ATTESTATION:
    Pesticides are only applied by a certified and/or licensed applicator.


H. RECORD KEEPING

    In the case of Acton Cooperative School, INDOOOR monitoring records will be maintained through the following technique:  The church will monitor pests in the facility and inform us of action needing to be taken.


I. EVALUATING THE PROGRAM

    The IPM committee will evaluate the plan annually .


J. IN THE EVENT OF A HEALTH EMERGENCY

    During the creation of this IPM plan, Joan Turner has assigned committee member Joan Turner with the responsibility of applying for an emergency waiver.


K. LIST OF PESTICIDES TO BE USED INSIDE THE FACILITY

    The following list includes all the pesticides that will be used inside the Acton Cooperative School. This list includes all herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides that will be used in the event that chemical is required.

    Pesticide
    Name
    Active
    Ingredient
    EPA
    Registration #
    Target
    Pest
    Rationale
    for use
    none havebeen used



    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

    Indoor IPM Plan originally submitted on: 10/4/2006 3:48:00 PM
    Plan updated by Joan Turner on: 10/4/2006 3:48:00 PM