Harwich Elementary School
Indoor Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan
263 South Street
Harwich, MA 02645


IPM Coordinator
Sam  Hein

Primary Contact
sam hein, 508-945-5130, shein@monomoy.edu

By signing the end of this indoor IPM plan, the IPM coordinator, Sam  Hein, 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, Harwich Elementary School on 5/1/2017 5:59:00 AM has prepared the following indoor IPM plan. By centralizing all of the information about this facility’s pest management practices the plan serves as a guide to direct this facility’s IPM coordinator,  Sam  Hein , about pest control and pesticide use.

    This plan describes the pest management practices for indoor areas of the Harwich Elementary School and clearly states it’s 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 Harwich Elementary School are listed below.

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  • Reduce children’s 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 Harwich Elementary School has selected the following as it’s 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:

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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 Harwich Elementary School are listed below:
    1) Sam  Hein (Indoor IPM Coordinator)
    2) Sam Hein
    3) Rick Travis


D. COMMUNICATING IPM WITHIN THE FACILITY

    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.

    Staff/Students communicate in writing and leave this information in a common “drop box” for the IPM coordinator to review and pass onto the Pest Management Professional if necessary.


E. EDUCATION AND TRAINING OF FACILITY OCCUPANTS & STAFF

  • Teachers, support staff such as custodians, cafeteria staff, and maintenance workers.
  • Training content will focus on pest reduction strategies correcting people''s behavior such as over watering plants and eating at desks, which contribute to pest problems.
  • Training programs will be held annually. Training will be conducted by the building Principal or his/her designee.
  • The IPM Coordinator will request pamphlets and fact sheets for distribution at the time of training.
  • Staff, teachers and students will be instructed on how to log pest complaints and be given a brief overview on pest identification and the conditions that promote the pests.


F. INDOOR MONITORING

    The IPM committee will evaluate the plan annually. When pests are present, Harwich Elementary School 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 custodian monitors pest control activity regularly. Pest control service professional will be notified of findings at the time of quarterly services or in between these services if needed.


G. COURSE OF ACTION TAKEN FOR INDOOR PESTS

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

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

    SCHOOL PEST DESCRIPTION
    mice gray in color 6-7" and pavement ants 1/8" small, red, brown or black

    SCHOOL PEST LOCATION DETAILS
    Kitchens and Cafeterias Hallways Boiler Rooms Crawl Spaces

    SCHOOL PEST ACTIVITY
    Activity is of low to none.

    MONITORING/INSPECTION
    Visual inspections are provided by the custodial staff. Monitoring traps are used to detect insect and/or rodent activity. Any pest issues will be reported and treated accordingly.

    ELIMINATING ACCESS
    Our facility is cleaned on a regular basis to prevent food and water access to pests. Our pest control provider will inform us if any changes should be made.

    ELIMINATING SOURCES OF FOOD AND WATER
    Our facility is cleaned on a regular basis to prevent food and water access to pests. Our pest control provider will inform us if any changes should be made.

    ELIMINATION OF SHELTER AND HARBORAGE
    Our facility is cleaned on a regular basis to prevent shelter and harborage. Our pest control provider will inform us if any changes should be made.

    NON-CHEMICAL CONTROLS
    Sticky traps and/or mechanical traps will be used for prevention. Our pest control provider will treat any pest issues accordingly using IPM-approved baits if necessary.

    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 Harwich Elementary School, 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, sam hein has assigned committee member Rick Travis 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 Harwich Elementary School. 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
    Final Soft Brodifacoum 12455-139 Rodents Pest Elimination
    Maxforce Ant Gel Fipronil 432-1264 Ants Pest Elimination
    Maxforce FC Select Fipronil 432-1259 Roaches Pest Elimination
    Tempo 1% Cyfluthrin 432-1373 Ants Pest Elimination



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: 6/7/2007 12:45:00 PM
Plan updated by tanya mahoney on: 5/1/2017 5:59:00 AM