Green Meadows School
Outdoor Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan
38 North Road
Hampden, MA 01036


IPM Coordinator
Sam Boyd

Primary Contact
Sharon Moberg, 413-566-3263, smoberg@hwrsd.org

Program(s) within this school:
Program Name Contact Name Telephone
Scantic YMCA Jamie Murray 413-206-5708

This School has a contract with
  • Kevin Cox of Accurate Termite and Pest Control, 413-599-1538.

    By signing the end of this outdoor IPM plan, the IPM coordinator, Sam Boyd, 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 Green Meadows School on 4/4/2017 9:21:00 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 Green Meadows 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, Sam Boyd

      Objectives
      The objectives of the integrated pest management program conducted at the Green Meadows 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 Green Meadows School 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:
    • 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 Green Meadows School are listed below:
      1) Sam Boyd (Outdoor IPM Coordinator)
      2) Sam Boyd
      3) Ed Cenedella
      4) Sharon Moberg

    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 passes this information onto an administrative assistant who decides how the information will be distributed throughout the facility.

      Electronic work order system is accessible by all staff and head custodian, "Pest Control" is a problem type that can be selected. Coordinator monitors all work orders and evaluates.


    E. EDUCATION AND TRAINING OF FACILITY OCCUPANTS & STAFF

      Ipm information can be posted on School''s website as well as disseminated through mass emails to parents and/or staff. IPM information may go out in school newsletter or principal email to staff if necessary.


    F. OUTDOOR MONITORING

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

      The following technique will be used to monitor for pests: Maintenance and custodial staff work on grounds regularly and report any pest problems via Electronic work order system. Accurate Termite & Pest perform a monthly inspection of the premises and leave a record of there findings and subsequent action or lack thereof. This information is stored in the school''s IPM folder.


    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..  Green Meadows School has prepared maps of the outdoor facility and identified the following priority areas for maintenance:

      Turf
      Athletic fields used by children at recess and town athletics.

      OutdoorGrounds
      Two playgrounds as well as swing sets.

      The following pests have historically and/or currently been a problem at Green Meadows 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)

      Weeds
          Crabgrass
          Dandelions, plaintains, ground ivy, cinquefoil

      Other
       
       

      Pests
          Ants
          Stinging Insects

      Weeds
      Noxious weeds noticed on the school grounds
          Poison Ivy

      Other
          None identified.
          None identified.
          None identified.


      TURF MANAGEMENT PLAN

      The following areas are priority areas for maintenance: Athletic fields used by children at recess and town athletics.

      Cultural Practices

      Mowing:
      Fields mowed at least on a weekly basis depending on conditions. Grass cut at 3.5" and mulched back into the turf. Blades are sharpened approximately twice a month depending on usage.

      Aeration:
      No aeration.

      Water Management:
      No special species or irrigation.

      Fertilization:
      No fertilization.

      Equipment Maintenance:
      Mowers are cleaned at the end of the day and steam-cleaned at least once per year.

      Turfgrass 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.

      Describe any alternative management or biological strategies being used or planned to be used, if any.

      If you use fungicides, describe your rationale for using them for the pests above.

      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

      Describe the monitoring technique you used for the pests above.
      Direct observation and common knowledge.

      Provide information on how you identified the species of pests above.
      Direct observation and common knowledge.

      Provide details on the non-chemical control measures have you taken to manage the pests above.
      Best mowing practices, regular line trimming.

      Describe any alternative management or biological strategies being used or planned to be used, if any.
      None used.

      If you use insecticides, describe your rationale for using them for the pests above.
      Insecticides only used after non-chemical means and organic EPA exempted insecticides have failed and a pest professional recommends use of pesticide.

      Pesticide
      Product
      Name
      Active
      Ingredient
      EPA Registration
      Number
      Target
      Pest
      Rationale
      for use
      Contrac Blox Bromadiolone .005% 12455-79 Mice When pests are present
      Essentria IC-3 Rosemary oil 10%, geraniol 5%, peppermint oil 2% no epa# Ants When pests are present
      Eco Exempt Jet phenethyyl propionate 2%, rosemary oil 3% no epa# wasps/hornets When pests are present

    • Insecticides are only applied by a certified and/or licensed applicator. 
    • Insecticides are used only when monitoring has shown that insects are present. 
    • Insecticide Use is documented in the STANDARD WRITTEN NOTIFICATION FORM

      Weeds
      Crabgrass
      Dandelions, plaintains, ground ivy, cinquefoil

      Describe the monitoring technique you used for the pests above.
      Regular observation by custodial and maintenance staff during regular duties on grounds.

      Provide information on how you identified the species of pests above.
      Observation and common knowledge.

      Provide details on the non-chemical control measures have you taken to manage the pests above.
      Best mowing practices, regular line trimming, crack filling where appropriate

      Describe any alternative management or biological strategies being used or planned to be used, if any.
      Line trimming around building and maintained areas.

      If you use herbicides, describe your rationale for using them for the pests above.
      Herbicides only used if non-chemical means and EPA exempted organic herbicides have failed and pest professional recommends herbicide as the best solution.

    • Herbicides are only applied by a certified and/or licensed applicator. 
    • Herbicides are applied as a spot treatment when appropriate. 
    • Herbicide Use is documented in the STANDARD WRITTEN NOTIFICATION FORM

      OUTDOOR MANAGEMENT PLAN

      The following areas are priority areas for maintenance: Two playgrounds as well as swing sets.

      Cultural Practices

      OUTDOOR GROUNDS GENERAL MANAGEMENT PRACTICES

      Waste Disposal (trash containers and dumpsters):

      Waste removal contractor removes dumpster on a biweekly basis, cleans annually. Trash barrels are emptied by Hampden Rec department

      Light Management:
      Exterior lighting is on a timer.

      Excess Water Prevention:
      No problems with stagnant water.

      Noxious Weed Management:
      Brush hog areas of excessive overgrowth to prevent brush and weeds encroaching fields. Regular line-trimming of building exterior playground borders.

      Playgrounds (if applicable):
      Weekly playground inspections, maintenance when necessary, young nests are knocked down.

      Nuisance weeds in pavement:
      Crack filling annually, line trimming on a regular basis.

      Storage Sheds (If applicable):
      No outside storage.

      Insects observed in and around outdoor grounds of school property.
      Ants
      Stinging Insects

      Pests
      Ants
      Stinging Insects

      Insects in playground area (if applicable)

      Describe the monitoring technique you used for the pests above.
      Head custodian observes during regular outdoor duties, Accurate Termite & Pest makes a monthly inspection.

      Provide information on how you identified the species of the pests above.
      Direct observation and common knowledge.

      Provide details on the non-chemical control measures you have taken to manage the pests above.
      Removal of food sources, regular inspection to catch more manageable nascent nests of wasps, regular mowing, regular line trimming.

      If you use insecticides, describe your rationale for using them for the pests above.
      Insecticides only used when non-chemical or organic EPA exempted chemicals have failed and pest professional determines insecticide is the best solution.

      Pesticide
      Product
      Name
      Active
      Ingredient
      EPA Registration
      Number
      Target
      Pest
      Rationale
      for use
      Contrac Blox Bromadiolone .005% 12455-79 mice When pests are present
      essentria IC-3 Rosemary oil 10%, geraniol 5%, peppermint oil 2% no epa # ants When pests are present
      Eco exempt jet phenethyyl propionate 2%, rosemary 3% no epa # wasps/hornets When pests are present

    • Insecticides are only applied by a certified and/or licensed applicator. 
    • Insecticides are used only when monitoring has shown that insects are present. 
    • Insecticide Use is documented in the STANDARD WRITTEN NOTIFICATION FORM

      Weeds
      Noxious weeds noticed on the school grounds

      Poison Ivy

      Describe the monitoring technique you used for the pests above.
      Direct observation and common knowledge.

      Provide information on how you identified the species of the pests above.
      Direct observation and common knowledge.

      Provide details on the non-chemical control measures have you taken to manage the pests above.
      Brush hog areas as necessary, line trimming, regular observation and inspection of playground areas, trash removal.

      If you use herbicides, describe your rationale for using them for the pests above.
      Herbicides will only be used in extreme cases where the integrity of the fields may be compromised and after consulting with a turf/landscape professional.

    • Herbicides are only applied by a certified and/or licensed applicator. 
    • Herbicides are applied as a spot treatment when appropriate. 
    • Herbicide Use is documented in the STANDARD WRITTEN NOTIFICATION FORM


    H. RECORD KEEPING

      In the case of Green Meadows School, OUTDOOR monitoring records will be maintained through: Work order system acts as a database of any problems reported in the school including pest problems. Accurate Termite & Pest leaves a record of there monthly inspections which are stored at the school in the IPM binder.


    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, Sharon Moberg has assigned committee memberSam Boyd 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, Sharon Moberg has assigned committee memberSam Boyd 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 Green Meadows 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
      Contrac Blox Bromadiolone .005% 12455-79 mice When pests are present
      essentria IC-3 Rosemary oil 10%, geraniol 5%, peppermint oil 2% no epa # ants When pests are present
      Eco exempt jet phenethyyl propionate 2%, rosemary 3% no epa # wasps/hornets When pests are present
      Contrac Blox Bromadiolone .005% 12455-79 Mice When pests are present
      Essentria IC-3 Rosemary oil 10%, geraniol 5%, peppermint oil 2% no epa# Ants When pests are present
      Eco Exempt Jet phenethyyl propionate 2%, rosemary oil 3% no epa# wasps/hornets When pests are present


    M. WELL WATER SYSTEM

      The school has an on site well water system. No pesticide or fertilizer applications will take place within the Zone I of the well.


    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: 2/25/2011 1:39:00 PM
    Plan updated by Sam Boyd on: 4/4/2017 9:21:00 AM