Attleboro Head Start - Richardson School
Indoor Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan
95 Pine St.
Attleboro, MA 02703


IPM Coordinator
Linda Lowenstam

Primary Contact
Linda Lowenstam, 508-587-1716 x133, Llowenstam@selfhelpinc.org

Attleboro Head Start - Richardson School employs n/a, an on-site certified and/or licensed pesticide applicator (certification/license #: ) who may be called on to manage all or some of the necessary INDOOR pest problems that may arise.

In addition, this Daycare has a contract with

  • Ted Burgess of Burgess Pest Control Co,, 240 West Center St..

    By signing the end of this indoor IPM plan, the IPM coordinator, Linda Lowenstam, of this Daycare 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, Attleboro Head Start - Richardson School on 12/12/2007 12:04:00 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,  Linda Lowenstam , about pest control and pesticide use.

      This plan describes the pest management practices for indoor areas of the Attleboro Head Start - Richardson 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 Attleboro Head Start - Richardson 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 Attleboro Head Start - Richardson 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 Attleboro Head Start - Richardson School are listed below:
      1) Linda Lowenstam (Indoor IPM Coordinator)
      2) Linda Lowenstam
      3) Robert Whitcher
      4) Larry Hunter


    D. COMMUNICATING IPM WITHIN THE FACILITY

      The Pest Management Professional completes a written report following site visits. The report is given to the Lead Teacher/Center Director who forwards the report to the Deputy Director who is responsible for IPM coordination.

      The Lead Teacher/Center Director monitors the facility on a daily basis for the purpose of pest management and pest prevention. Concerns involving the facility are reported to the Deputy Director of the program. In the event there is an issue involving pest control the Deputy Director communicates the issue to the Pest Management Professional.


    E. EDUCATION AND TRAINING OF FACILITY OCCUPANTS & STAFF

    • The Education Specialist who supervisies the Lead Teacher/Center Director at the Attleboro site receives training in the Fall of each year. The information gained at the training is communicated to the Lead Teacher/Center Administrator at the Attleboro site. The maintenance staff also receive training in the Fall of each year.
    • The training covers topics such as sanitation procedures, pest reporting procedures and the methods used by the program to prevent and eliminate pests.
    • Trainings will take place through discussions about pest management. The training is ongoing through the year as the need arises.
    • The training is presented by the Deputy Director of the program who presents the training to the Education Specialists as well as to the maintenance staff.
    • Teachers are instructed on how to store food as well as how to dispose of uneaten food.


    F. INDOOR MONITORING

      The IPM committee will evaluate the plan annually. When pests are present, Attleboro Head Start - Richardson School has chosen an INDOOR monitoring schedule that consists of daily inspections. When pests are absent the INDOOR monitoring schedule will consist of daily 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 School's IPM approach to managing the indoor pests includes the following actions:

        SCHOOL PEST DESCRIPTION
        n/a

        SCHOOL PEST LOCATION DETAILS
        n/a

        SCHOOL PEST ACTIVITY
        n/a

        MONITORING/INSPECTION
        The Lead Teacher/Center Director monitors the building on a daily basis.

        ELIMINATING ACCESS
        If sightings of pests are reported the IPM Coordinator will report the pests to the Pest Management Professionsl.

        ELIMINATING SOURCES OF FOOD AND WATER
        The only food stored in the classroom is an emergency food supply which is keep in sealed cans or containers such as jars.

        ELIMINATION OF SHELTER AND HARBORAGE
        Doorways and other ways of entry are tight. The entry ways are checked for ways in which pests could enter.

        NON-CHEMICAL CONTROLS
        The non-chemical control measures are ant bait and glue traps for mice.

        CHEMICAL CONTROLS
        PESTICIDE USE ATTESTATION:
        Pesticides are used only when monitoring has shown that pests are present and when the use of the pesticide is justified or in the case of an emergency situation.


      H. RECORD KEEPING

        In the case of Attleboro Head Start - Richardson School, INDOOOR monitoring records will be maintained through the following technique:  The use of forms which will be filled out by the person monitoring the facility


      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, Linda Lowenstam has assigned committee member Linda Lowenstam 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 Attleboro Head Start - Richardson 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



        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: 12/4/2006 4:06:00 PM
        Plan updated by Linda Lowenstam on: 12/12/2007 12:04:00 PM