Gill Elementary
Indoor Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan
48 Boyle Road
Gill, MA 01376


IPM Coordinator
James  Huber

Primary Contact
James Huber, 413-863-3261, james.huber@gmrsd.org
This School has a contract with
  • Jared DeBettencourt of Minuteman Pest Control, 800-586-1009.

    By signing the end of this indoor IPM plan, the IPM coordinator, James  Huber, 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, Gill Elementary on 8/1/2017 11:48:00 AM 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,  James  Huber , about pest control and pesticide use.

      This plan describes the pest management practices for indoor areas of the Gill Elementary 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 Gill Elementary 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 Gill Elementary has selected the following as itís IPM policy statement:


    B.POLICY STATEMENT

      Gill Elementary School desires to prevent unnecessary exposure of children and employeesto chemical pesticides and reduce the need to rely on chemical pesticides when manahing pests.It is the goal of this policy of Gill Elementary School to only use chemical pesticides when pestshave been identified and their presence verified. Selection of treatment option or corrective actions will give priority to non-chemical actions whenever possible to provide the desired control of pests. Education of staff,students,employees, and parents about IPM will be included to achieve desired goals. When it is determioned that pesticides are needed, only those allowed by the children''s and families protection act will be used. Further, only certified and/or licensed individuals will be authorized to use pesticides. Our Policy prohibits the use of any pesicidesby unlicensed staff. School policy mandates the appropriate notification, posting, and recordkeeping of all pesticide use. A Paper copy of the school''s IPM plan will be maintained in the principal''s office and will be available upon request. You can also log on to the Internet and look at the school IPM plan on> http://www.massnrc.org when your in the site you then click on, Enter School IPM, then click on, Locate a Plan . and then find the school your looking for by finding the Town its in.


    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 Gill Elementary are listed below:
      1) James  Huber (Indoor IPM Coordinator)
      2) Bill Sweeney
      3) Conor Driscoll
      4) Jeffrey Sak
      5) John  Grace
      6) Wayne  Eckert
      7) Jared DeBettencourt


    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

    • IPM Training will be for Custodial,Food service workers,Building and grounds maintenance depts.
    • Training will provide information on how to log in pest complaints.
    • Training programs will be held as needed to the above staff.
    • All custodial,maintenance and grounds depts and food service workers may attend a yearly presentation by the school contractor for there pest control services.
    • All lunches are eatin in the cafe and no food is allowed out of this area. Pamphelts and fact sheets wil be made available in specfic areas such as the cafeteria, teachers lounge and main lobby entrance.


    F. INDOOR MONITORING

      The IPM committee will evaluate the plan annually. When pests are present, Gill Elementary has chosen an INDOOR monitoring schedule that consists of monthly inspections. When pests are absent the INDOOR 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 INDOOR PESTS

      The following pests have historically and/or currently been a problem at Gill Elementary:
      • Ants
      • Rats & Mice

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

      SCHOOL PEST DESCRIPTION
      mice, ants, bee's ,flies

      SCHOOL PEST LOCATION DETAILS
      mouse droppings were found in Food pantry area, cellar storage area in basement, ants were found by outside door area in kitchen and in some class rooms, flys in kitchen area

      SCHOOL PEST ACTIVITY
      1or2 times thru out the school year fall , spring.

      MONITORING/INSPECTION
      Monitoring is done on a daily basis and logged in accordingly by kitchen staff, custodial and maint personel. Bait traps were set by Minuteman Pest control Services and has been Corrected and No Complaints have been issued.

      ELIMINATING ACCESS
      Gaps in Doors have been sealed with proper Door sweeps, cracks have been filled with child safe caulking or foam spray in to ensure no entrance for mice/insects

      ELIMINATING SOURCES OF FOOD AND WATER
      Floors are swept and mopped Daily, sinks are checked for dripping faucets/plugged drains and corrected

      ELIMINATION OF SHELTER AND HARBORAGE
      All Dry foods are kept off floor and in properly secured containers.

      NON-CHEMICAL CONTROLS
      manual mouse traps,insect sticky traps

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


    H. RECORD KEEPING

      In the case of Gill Elementary, 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, James Huber has assigned committee member Conor Driscoll 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 Gill Elementary. 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
      Contrac Blox Bromadioline 12455-79 mice Low Hazard & Control
      Maxforce FC Select Roach Bait Fipronil N/A stinging insects low hazard &control
      Advion Ant Gel Indoxacarb 100-1498 ants Low Hazard & Contrl
      Eco Exempt Jet Rosemary Oil n/a stinging insects Low Hazard & Control
      Eco Via CA Thyme Oil n/a Stinging Insects Low Hazard & Control
      Advion DC Bait Cups Abamectin 499-496 ants Low Hazard & Control
      Eco Via WD Thyme Oil N/A stinging insects Low Hazard & Control



    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: 2/26/2009 12:42:00 PM
    Plan updated by Laura Mello on: 8/1/2017 11:48:00 AM