Bishop Feehan High School
Outdoor Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan
70 Holcot Drive
Attleboro, MA 02703


IPM Coordinator
Kevin  Cryan

Primary Contact
Rick Santos, 508-226-6223, rsantos@bishopfeehan.com
This School has a contract with
  • Kevin Cryan of Cryan Landscape, 508-399-9939.

    By signing the end of this outdoor IPM plan, the IPM coordinator, Kevin  Cryan, 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 Bishop Feehan High School on 2/11/2016 7:58:00 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 Bishop Feehan High 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.

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

      Objectives
      The objectives of the integrated pest management program conducted at the Bishop Feehan High School 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 Bishop Feehan High 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:
    • 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 Bishop Feehan High School are listed below:
      1) Kevin  Cryan (Outdoor IPM Coordinator)
      2) Chris  Servant
      3) Rick Santos

    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 directly with IPM Coordinator directly when necessary


    E. EDUCATION AND TRAINING OF FACILITY OCCUPANTS & STAFF

      Staff/students will have IPM Facts sheet & copy of IPM plan acessible


    F. OUTDOOR MONITORING

      The IPM plan will follow a Annually evaluation schedule. When pests are present, Bishop Feehan High School has chosen an OUTDOOR monitoring schedule that consists of Weekly inspections. When pests are absent the OUTDOOR monitoring schedule will consist of Monthly inspections.

      The following technique will be used to monitor for pests: The facilityís contracted Pest Management Professional would conduct regular pest inspections and would then instruct the IPM coordinator as to the proper course of action.


    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..  Bishop Feehan High School has prepared maps of the outdoor facility and identified the following priority areas for maintenance:

      Turf
      Athletic Fields Practice FieldBeech & Walsh Fields

      Landscaping
      The general grounds of site have priority areas which are the(4) main entry planting bedsThe common pest in these areas are weeds

      OutdoorGrounds
      The priority areas are those in the (4) main entry areas of the school

      The following pests have historically and/or currently been a problem at Bishop Feehan High School:

      TURF PESTS   LANDSCAPING AND
      PLANT PESTS
        OUTDOOR GROUNDS
      PESTS

      Insects/pests under the soil or root zone
          Grubs (Japanese Beetles, European Chafer, Asiatic Garden Beetles, Oriental Beetles, and other)

      Surface and/or thatch pests
          Ants
          Chinch Bug
          Sod Webworm

      Weeds
          Annual Bluegrass
          Crabgrass
          Dandelions, plaintains, ground ivy, cinquefoil

      Turfgrass diseases
          Dollar Spot
          Rusts
          Snow Mold
          Summer Patch
          Yellow Patch

      Other
          sod web worm, leaf hoppers, plantain, common blue violet, ground ivy, chickweed, sorrel, clover, knotweed, black medic & path rush.
       

      Weeds
          Crabgrass

      Other
       

      Weeds
      Noxious weeds noticed on the school grounds
          Poison Ivy

      Other


      TURF MANAGEMENT PLAN

      The following areas are priority areas for maintenance: Athletic Fields Practice FieldBeech & Walsh Fields

      Cultural Practices

      Mowing:
      Prior to each mowing the mower blades are sharpened and clippings are removed off site. The blade height of the mowers is set to 3"-3.5" in Spring & Summer then 2.5" in Fall ".

      Aeration:
      Aeration is completed to Athletic fields in Spring and Late Summer/ Fall. Spot aeration also during above time frame may be done

      Water Management:
      Watering is completed 3-5 days per week depending on natural rainfall - when sprinklers are shut off by rain sensor or manually Drought tolerant seed is used in over-seeding

      Fertilization:
      Seasonal Soil test are conducted fertilization program is adjusted based on soil test 4lbs per 1k of fertilizer is normally applied seasonallyFertilizer is applied in Spring, late Summer, & Fall to avoid stressing turf further with fertilizer in Summer heatLime is applied per recommendations soil test results Equipment is calibrated in Spring & routinely checked during Season

      Equipment Maintenance:
      Visual inspection prior to use Periodic washing & cleaning/ grease, etc. of equipment either completed on or off site

      Turfgrass diseases
      Dollar Spot
      Rusts
      Snow Mold
      Summer Patch
      Yellow Patch

      Describe the monitoring technique you used for the pests above.
      Visual inspections & open communication with school .Documentation of monitoring inspections

      Provide information on how you diagnosed the pests above.
      Visual inspection by school staff and turf specialist.

      Provide details on the non-chemical control measures have you taken to manage the pests above.
      environmental practices/measures;Mowing height increased Mow seed heads to help prevent future/additional spreadclean equipment / sharp blades etc.alternate use, hand labor to remove either dig,rake, or pull, over-seeding encouraging thicker turf to eliminate bare or open areas, thicken up week/thin areas with over-seeding

      Describe any alternative management or biological strategies being used or planned to be used, if any.
      Monitor watering & adjust schedule

      If you use fungicides, describe your rationale for using them for the pests above.
      No fungicides Plan is if present then try to improve conditions of turf & grow out disease

      Insects/pests under the soil or root zone
      Grubs (Japanese Beetles, European Chafer, Asiatic Garden Beetles, Oriental Beetles, and other)

      Surface and/or thatch pests
      Ants
      Chinch Bug
      Sod Webworm

      Describe the monitoring technique you used for the pests above.
      Visual inspections & open communication with schoolDocumentation of monitoring inspections

      Provide information on how you identified the species of pests above.
      Visual inspections & historical experience

      Provide details on the non-chemical control measures have you taken to manage the pests above.
      environmental practices/measures;alternate use, hand labor to remove damage, over-seeding encouraging thicker turf to eliminate open areas, thicken up week/thin areas with over-seeding

      Describe any alternative management or biological strategies being used or planned to be used, if any.
      we have shut off fields from use & let areas grow in increased watering or adjusted fertilization to accommodate areas to improve

      If you use insecticides, describe your rationale for using them for the pests above.
      last option spot treat only if conforms with rules & regulations

    • Insecticides are only applied by a certified and/or licensed applicator. 
    • Insecticides are used only when monitoring has shown that insects are present. 
    • Selective insecticides are used where possible instead of broad spectrum insecticides. 
    • Insecticides that are applied preventatively are used only in areas where insects occurred and were documented the previous year and can be expected to occur in current season. 

      Weeds
      Annual Bluegrass
      Crabgrass
      Dandelions, plaintains, ground ivy, cinquefoil

      Describe the monitoring technique you used for the pests above.
      Visual inspections & open communication with school.Documentation of monitoring inspections

      Provide information on how you identified the species of pests above.
      Visual inspections & historical experience .

      Provide details on the non-chemical control measures have you taken to manage the pests above.
      environmental practices/measures;Mowing height increased Mow seed heads to help prevent future/additional spreadclean equipment / sharp blades etc.alternate use, hand labor to remove either dig,rake, or pull, over-seeding encouraging thicker turf to eliminate bare or open areas, thicken up week/thin areas with over-seeding

      Describe any alternative management or biological strategies being used or planned to be used, if any.
      schedule aeration to avoid encouraging weed growth close off fields from use & let areas grow in increased watering or adjusted fertilization to accommodate areas to improve aeration to reduce compactionChange wear pattern of field selective use of areas

      If you use herbicides, describe your rationale for using them for the pests above.
      last option is spot treat only if conforms with rules & regulations

    • Herbicides are only applied by a certified and/or licensed applicator. 
    • Herbicides are applied as a spot treatment when appropriate. 
    • Herbicides that are applied preventatively are used only in areas where weeds occurred and were documented the previous year and can be expected to occur in current season. 

      LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT PLAN

      The following areas are priority areas for maintenance: The general grounds of site have priority areas which are the(4) main entry planting bedsThe common pest in these areas are weeds

      Cultural Practices

      Monitoring Program:
      Monitoring schedule takes place in Spring, Summer, & Fall & documented Informal monitoring whenever on site as well

      Soil Maintenance:
      Planting beds are inspected in Spring, raked, cleaned, excess mulch if required is removed. New mulch installed at 1" depth

      Fertilizer Use Practices:
      we do not have any plans or practices of fertilization for plantings or trees

      Plant Care:
      Planting beds are inspected in Spring, raked, cleaned, excess mulch if required is removed. New mulch installed at 1" depth Selective pruning takes place during the Season New plantings are planted occasionally but most are existing

      Watering:
      No formal watering of these areas takes place other than natural rain fall

      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.
      Weed monitored during scheduled or non scheduled monitoring or if just from inspections

      Provide information on how you identified the species of the pests above.
      Prior history & existing conditions

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

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

      Describe or identify any alternative management or biological strategies being used or planned to be used
      school grounds crew may remove mechanically if in weeds noticed

      OUTDOOR MANAGEMENT PLAN

      The following areas are priority areas for maintenance: The priority areas are those in the (4) main entry areas of the school

      Cultural Practices

      OUTDOOR GROUNDS GENERAL MANAGEMENT PRACTICES

      Waste Disposal (trash containers and dumpsters):

      no formal waste removal services exist as this time

      Light Management:
      no formal lighting management plan exists

      Excess Water Prevention:
      there are no known areas that are an issue but if sitting water existing for ex. like a wheelbarrow from recent rains then the water is dumped & plan is to try to have it prevented from next time

      Noxious Weed Management:
      one area of Poison ivy is known at base of telephone pole & it is periodically cut at baseMonitoring of areas

      Playgrounds (if applicable):
      Monitoring exists now for this hazard & prior removal with hand tools has been done by school employees

      Nuisance weeds in pavement:
      Periodic monitoring Periodic services of removal in Summer

      Storage Sheds (If applicable):
      Periodic inspections Cleaning of garages to maintain clean areas & will help visually find any areas that need repair Trimming of grass/ weeds along perimeter of garage Visual inspections of garage Seasonally Do not store items against building creating environment for pests

      Insects observed in and around outdoor grounds of school property.

      Pests

      Insects in playground area (if applicable)

      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.

      Weeds
      Noxious weeds noticed on the school grounds

      Poison Ivy

      Describe the monitoring technique you used for the pests above.
      Monitoring whenever on site Monitor Seasonally in select area known historically to have been a problem

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

      Provide details on the non-chemical control measures have you taken to manage the pests above.
      Hand tool removal at base

      If you use herbicides, describe your rationale for using them for the pests above.
      no plans for using herbicides to treat this pest


    H. RECORD KEEPING

      In the case of Bishop Feehan High School, 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, Rick Santos has assigned committee memberChris Servant 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, Rick Santos has assigned committee memberChris Servant 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 Bishop Feehan High School. 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


    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
       
    ________________________________________________ __/______/___
    Administrator, Director, or Principal Date

    Outdoor IPM Plan originally submitted on: 2/11/2016 7:58:00 AM
    Plan updated by Kevin Cryan on: 2/11/2016 7:58:00 AM