Building Blocks Child Care, Inc.
Indoor Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan
32A Nagog Park
Acton, MA 01720


IPM Coordinator
Kimberly Simoneau

Primary Contact
Kim Simoneau, 978-635-0007, buildingblockschildcareinc@verizon.net
This Daycare has a contract with
  • John Cormier of Waltham Services, Inc., 781-893-1810.

    By signing the end of this indoor IPM plan, the IPM coordinator, Kimberly Simoneau, 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, Building Blocks Child Care, Inc. on 5/20/2010 12:47:00 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,  Kimberly Simoneau , about pest control and pesticide use.

      This plan describes the pest management practices for indoor areas of the Building Blocks Child Care, Inc. 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 Building Blocks Child Care, Inc. 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 Building Blocks Child Care, Inc. 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:

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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 Building Blocks Child Care, Inc. are listed below:
      1) Kimberly Simoneau (Indoor IPM Coordinator)
      2) Alyssa Forman
      3) Perri Ritchie


    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

    • All staf are trained upon hiring that when they see signs of pests then they are to notify the director of what they found as well as where.
    • All staf are trained upon hiring that when they see signs of pests then they are to notify the director of what they found as well as where.
    • The staff comunicate any pest control needs to the IPM coordinator who then passes the information on to the pest coltrol company. Reminders to do this are done annually.
    • Directors and the new staff members
    • All food is consumed at tables that are cleaned and sanitised both before and after the food is consumed.


    F. INDOOR MONITORING

      The IPM committee will evaluate the plan annually. When pests are present, Building Blocks Child Care, Inc. has chosen an INDOOR monitoring schedule that consists of daily inspections. When pests are absent the INDOOR monitoring schedule will consist of weekly inspections.

      The following technique will be used to monitor for pests:  The IPM coordinator would setup monitoring traps throughout the facility and inspect them on a regularly scheduled interval (selected in the prior question).


    G. COURSE OF ACTION TAKEN FOR INDOOR PESTS

      The following pests have historically and/or currently been a problem at Building Blocks Child Care, Inc.:
      • Ants

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

      SCHOOL PEST DESCRIPTION
      Small black "sugar" ants typically arrive in the spring.

      SCHOOL PEST LOCATION DETAILS
      These usually show up in several of the classrooms and in the bathrooms.

      SCHOOL PEST ACTIVITY
      Several dozen show up through the springtime.

      MONITORING/INSPECTION
      During the sprind daily monotoring to see if any have arrived is done.

      ELIMINATING ACCESS
      Food and liquid spills are cleaned up as soon as noticed to eliminate thier food source.

      ELIMINATING SOURCES OF FOOD AND WATER
      Food and liquid spills are cleaned up as soon as noticed to eliminate thier food source.

      ELIMINATION OF SHELTER AND HARBORAGE
      All areas of the classrooms are clean out every night to keep hiden spaces where they can live and hide free from shelter.

      NON-CHEMICAL CONTROLS
      Food and liquid spills are cleaned up as soon as noticed to eliminate thier food source. All areas of the classrooms are clean out every night to keep hiden spaces where they can live and hide free from shelter.

      CHEMICAL CONTROLS
      PESTICIDE USE ATTESTATION:
      Pesticides are only applied by a certified and/or licensed applicator.
      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.
      Only pesticides allowed under the Children's and Families' Protection Act are used indoors.


    H. RECORD KEEPING

      In the case of Building Blocks Child Care, Inc., 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, Kim Simoneau has assigned committee member Alyssa Forman 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 Building Blocks Child Care, Inc.. 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 SignatureDate
        
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      Administrator, Director, or PrincipalDate

      Indoor IPM Plan originally submitted on: 5/20/2010 12:47:00 PM
      Plan updated by Building Blocks Child Care, Inc. on: 5/20/2010 12:47:00 PM