Shaloh House Preschool & Kindergarten
Outdoor Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan
50 Ethyl Way
Stoughton, MA 02072


IPM Coordinator
M.Mendel  Gurkow

Primary Contact
M. Mendel Gurkow, 781-344-6334, Shalohhouse@gmail.com
This Daycare has a contract with
  • Mike Twomey of Atlantis Pest Management, 781-837-4032.

    By signing the end of this outdoor IPM plan, the IPM coordinator, M.Mendel  Gurkow, of this Daycare 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 Shaloh House Preschool & Kindergarten on 8/8/2014 4:00:00 PM has prepared the following outdoor IPM plan about pest control and pesticide use.

      This plan describes the pest management practices for outdoor areas of Shaloh House Preschool & Kindergarten 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, M.Mendel  Gurkow

      Objectives
      The objectives of the integrated pest management program conducted at the Shaloh House Preschool & Kindergarten 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 Shaloh House Preschool & Kindergarten 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 Shaloh House Preschool & Kindergarten are listed below:
      1) M.Mendel  Gurkow (Outdoor IPM Coordinator)

    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 the school administration who will then distribute the information to all the staff and occupants concerned.

      Staff/Students communicate with their supervisors who then pass information onto the IPM coordinator.


    E. EDUCATION AND TRAINING OF FACILITY OCCUPANTS & STAFF

      As a part of staff training all staff are taught proper ways to support maintaining an environment that will not be conducive to pests. They will also be taught how to report problems.


    F. OUTDOOR MONITORING

      The IPM plan will follow a Annually evaluation schedule. When pests are present, Shaloh House Preschool & Kindergarten has chosen an OUTDOOR monitoring schedule that consists of Daily inspections. When pests are absent the OUTDOOR monitoring schedule will consist of Monthly inspections.

      The following technique will be used to monitor for pests: Reports from facility staff and students (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 OUTDOOR PESTS

      Outdoor property includes the turf, landscaping, and the outdoor grounds such as building exterior, playground equipment, etc..  Shaloh House Preschool & Kindergarten has prepared maps of the outdoor facility and identified the following priority areas for maintenance:

      OutdoorGrounds
      Playground

      The following pests have historically and/or currently been a problem at Shaloh House Preschool & Kindergarten:

      TURF PESTS   LANDSCAPING AND
      PLANT PESTS
        OUTDOOR GROUNDS
      PESTS
       
       

      Other
          No major problems detected or reported.
          No major problems detected or reported.
          No major problems detected or reported.



      OUTDOOR MANAGEMENT PLAN

      The following areas are priority areas for maintenance: Playground

      Cultural Practices

      OUTDOOR GROUNDS GENERAL MANAGEMENT PRACTICES

      Waste Disposal (trash containers and dumpsters):

      Dumpster is in an area at the edge of the property not near the children's play area. Dumpster is the property of the waste management company and maintained by the same.

      Light Management:
      Exterior lights are used at night when the building is open and therefore not frequently engaged.

      Excess Water Prevention:
      The playground equipment does not include basins for water to collect. All water that catches in play equipment is immediately emptied upon discovery.

      Noxious Weed Management:
      Landscapers are engaged to regularly mow lawn and cut any weeds.

      Playgrounds (if applicable):
      Playground equipment is regularly checked by staff for any hazards.

      Nuisance weeds in pavement:
      Monitoring by landscaper.

      Storage Sheds (If applicable):
      Has not been an issue.

      Insects observed in and around outdoor grounds of school property.

      Pests

      Insects in playground area (if applicable)

      Weeds
      Noxious weeds noticed on the school grounds


    H. RECORD KEEPING

      In the case of Shaloh House Preschool & Kindergarten, OUTDOOR monitoring records will be maintained through: Staff will monitor the environment and report concerns in writing at regularly scheduled staff meetings.


    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, M. Mendel Gurkow has assigned committee memberM. Mendel Gurkow 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, M. Mendel Gurkow has assigned committee memberM. Mendel Gurkow 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 Shaloh House Preschool & Kindergarten. 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


    M. WELL WATER SYSTEM

      The school does not have its own on site well water system.


    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: 2/12/2007 2:44:00 PM
    Plan updated by M. Mendel Gurkow on: 8/8/2014 4:00:00 PM