For Pete's Sake Preschool employs New England Pest Control, an on-site certified and/or licensed pesticide applicator (certification/license #: 401-941-5700) who may be called on to manage all or some of the necessary INDOOR pest problems that may arise. Ron Campellone of New England Pest Control, 161 O'Connell Street.
In addition, this School has a contract with
By signing the end of this indoor IPM plan, the IPM coordinator, Maureen Gambardella, of this School and the Pest Management Professionals described above acknowledge, and agree to the terms of this INDOOR integrated pest management plan.
In compliance with the Act Protecting Children and Families from Harmful Pesticides, For Pete's Sake Preschool on 1/4/2007 2:04:00 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, Maureen Gambardella , about pest control and pesticide use.
This plan describes the pest management practices for indoor areas of the For Pete's Sake 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.
The objectives of the integrated pest management program conducted at the For Pete's Sake 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 For Pete's Sake Preschool has selected the following as itís IPM 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.
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 INDOOR committee members selected for the For Pete's Sake Preschool are listed below:
1) Maureen Gambardella (Indoor IPM Coordinator)
2) Theresa Cook
3) Susan Sullivan
4) Linda Bessette
5) Mary Churchill
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.
All staff are notified at monthly staff meetings unless it is necessary to notify sooner. If so, they will be notified by use of message board.
E. EDUCATION AND TRAINING OF FACILITY OCCUPANTS & STAFF
- Teachers and custodial staff will receive training.
- Training will cover how to best report a pest problem and how to prevent further infestation.
- Initial training will take place at a monthly staff meeting. Updates will occur each August during annual summer staff meeting.
- Site director or appointed coordinator will present any new information at monthly staff meeting and an evaluation form will be distributed at end of the meeting.
- Does not pertain to this program.
F. INDOOR MONITORING
The IPM committee will evaluate the plan annually. When pests are present, For Pete's Sake Preschool has chosen an INDOOR monitoring schedule that consists of quarterly inspections. When pests are absent the INDOOR monitoring schedule will consist of quarterly 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|
|There are no, nor has ever been, any pests identified at this facility.|
|SCHOOL PEST LOCATION DETAILS|
|SCHOOL PEST ACTIVITY|
|The facility is visually inspected by staff and committee quarterly.|
|Cleaning solutions and disinfectants used daily.|
|ELIMINATING SOURCES OF FOOD AND WATER|
|Food kept in air tight containers and no standing water left out.|
|ELIMINATION OF SHELTER AND HARBORAGE|
|No areas accessible to pests.|
|Maintain consistant upkeep of the entire facility.|
|PESTICIDE USE ATTESTATION:|
|Pesticides are only applied by a certified and/or licensed applicator.|
H. RECORD KEEPING
In the case of For Pete's Sake Preschool, 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, Maureen Gambardella has assigned committee member Linda Bessette 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 For Pete's Sake Preschool. This list includes all herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides that will be used in the event that chemical is required.
I attest, to the best of my knowledge, that the above information is complete, accurate and true
IPM Coordinator Signature Date
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Administrator, Director, or Principal Date
Indoor IPM Plan originally submitted on: 1/4/2007 2:04:00 PM
Plan updated by Maureen Gambardella on: 1/4/2007 2:04:00 PM