Mt. Calvary Christian School
Indoor Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan
472 Mass Ave
Acton, MA 01720


IPM Coordinator
Karen Roop

Primary Contact
Karen Roop, 978-263-0337, kroop@mtcalvaryacton.org

Mt. Calvary Christian School employs Hudson Pest Exterminators, an on-site certified and/or licensed pesticide applicator (certification/license #: 13818) who may be called on to manage all or some of the necessary INDOOR pest problems that may arise.

In addition, this Daycare has a contract with

  • Jack Drummey of Hudson Pest Extermination, 978-562-2553..

    By signing the end of this indoor IPM plan, the IPM coordinator, Karen Roop, 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, Mt. Calvary Christian School on 7/10/2012 10:56:00 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,  Karen Roop , about pest control and pesticide use.

      This plan describes the pest management practices for indoor areas of the Mt. Calvary Christian 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 Mt. Calvary Christian 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 Mt. Calvary Christian 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 Mt. Calvary Christian School are listed below:
      1) Karen Roop (Indoor IPM Coordinator)
      2) Robert  Darling
      3) Robert  Webster


    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 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, admin & custodial staff
    • Training content will cover pest-reporting procedures and pest prevention strategies such as sanitation.
    • Training will be held annually at the first staff meeting of the year. Periodic reminders will be sent as issues arise.
    • The director will provide training of pest reporting procedures and prevention such as sanitation.
    • Children are reminded to pick up cups and napkins after snack and put in trash receptacles. Classroom trash is disposed of at least once a day.


    F. INDOOR MONITORING

      The IPM committee will evaluate the plan annually. When pests are present, Mt. Calvary Christian School has chosen an INDOOR monitoring schedule that consists of daily inspections. When pests are absent the INDOOR monitoring schedule will consist of monthly 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 facility’s Pest Management Professional who would then conduct a facility audit.


    G. COURSE OF ACTION TAKEN FOR INDOOR PESTS

      The following pests have historically and/or currently been a problem at Mt. Calvary Christian School:
      • Ants

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

      SCHOOL PEST DESCRIPTION
      Ants - small ants - mostly present in early spring

      SCHOOL PEST LOCATION DETAILS
      kitchen

      SCHOOL PEST ACTIVITY
      Ants - over 12

      MONITORING/INSPECTION
      Ants - rely on reports from teachers

      ELIMINATING ACCESS
      Ants - killed when sighted, cleaned.

      ELIMINATING SOURCES OF FOOD AND WATER
      Make sure the kitchen is cleaned daily. All food and drink are put in refrigerator or in airtight containers.

      ELIMINATION OF SHELTER AND HARBORAGE
      sealing any cracks in tiles

      NON-CHEMICAL CONTROLS
      Use of borax and sugar.

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


    H. RECORD KEEPING

      In the case of Mt. Calvary Christian 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, Karen Roop has assigned committee member Karen Roop 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 Mt. Calvary Christian 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



      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: 10/29/2009 11:49:00 AM
      Plan updated by Karen Roop on: 7/10/2012 10:56:00 AM