St. Mary's School
Outdoor Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan
115 Orchard St.
Lee, MA 01238


IPM Coordinator
Father Brian McGrath

Primary Contact
Jane Furey, 4132431079, jfurey@stmaryslee.org
This School has a contract with
  • Warren Garriety of Braman, 800-338-6757.

    By signing the end of this outdoor IPM plan, the IPM coordinator, Father Brian McGrath, 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 St. Mary's School on 4/26/2017 7:21:00 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 St. Mary's 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, Father Brian McGrath

      Objectives
      The objectives of the integrated pest management program conducted at the St. Mary's 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 St. Mary's 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 St. Mary's School are listed below:
      1) Father Brian McGrath (Outdoor IPM Coordinator)
      2) Jeff Simmons
      3) Jennifer Masten

    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.

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


    E. EDUCATION AND TRAINING OF FACILITY OCCUPANTS & STAFF

      The IPM coordinator will communicate to school staff, who will then relay to students, if appropriate.


    F. OUTDOOR MONITORING

      The IPM plan will follow a Annually evaluation schedule. When pests are present, St. Mary's School has chosen an OUTDOOR monitoring schedule that consists of Quarterly inspections. When pests are absent the OUTDOOR monitoring schedule will consist of Quarterly 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..  St. Mary's School has prepared maps of the outdoor facility and identified the following priority areas for maintenance:

      OutdoorGrounds
      Playground and gardens.

      The following pests have historically and/or currently been a problem at St. Mary's School:

      TURF PESTS   LANDSCAPING AND
      PLANT PESTS
        OUTDOOR GROUNDS
      PESTS
       
       

      Pests
          Ants
          Stinging Insects

      Other
          Ticks



      OUTDOOR MANAGEMENT PLAN

      The following areas are priority areas for maintenance: Playground and gardens.

      Cultural Practices

      OUTDOOR GROUNDS GENERAL MANAGEMENT PRACTICES

      Waste Disposal (trash containers and dumpsters):

      Dumpsters are emptied weekly.

      Light Management:
      Lighting only exists where mandated by public safety officials.

      Excess Water Prevention:
      Regular monitoring and restructuring areas where water collects when necessary.

      Noxious Weed Management:
      None have been identified thus far.

      Playgrounds (if applicable):
      Reduction measures have not been taken.

      Nuisance weeds in pavement:
      Spot treatment when needed.

      Storage Sheds (If applicable):
      We do not have storage sheds.

      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.
      When pests are reported, it is assessed and appropriate measures are taken to rid the area of pests.

      Provide information on how you identified the species of the pests above.
      Consulted those familiar with species indigenous to our area.

      Provide details on the non-chemical control measures you have taken to manage the pests above.
      Keeping lawn short, weeds to a minimum and trimming brush and trees that draw pests.

      If you use insecticides, describe your rationale for using them for the pests above.
      When insecticides are used it is in protection of our students, particularly as related to ticks and stinging insects.

    • Insecticides are used only when monitoring has shown that insects are present. 

      Weeds
      Noxious weeds noticed on the school grounds

      Describe the monitoring technique you used for the pests above.
      Regular visual screening

      Provide information on how you identified the species of the pests above.
      We do not identify the species of weeds.

      Provide details on the non-chemical control measures have you taken to manage the pests above.
      Pulling weeds and weed whacking

      If you use herbicides, describe your rationale for using them for the pests above.
      We do not use herbicides.

    • Herbicides are applied as a spot treatment when appropriate. 


    H. RECORD KEEPING

      In the case of St. Mary's School, OUTDOOR monitoring records will be maintained through: The use of forms which will be filled out by the person monitoring the facility


    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, Jane Furey has assigned committee memberJeff Simmons 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, Jane Furey has assigned committee memberJennifer Masten 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 St. Mary's 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


    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
       
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    Administrator, Director, or Principal Date

    Outdoor IPM Plan originally submitted on: 4/26/2017 7:21:00 AM
    Plan updated by Jane Furey on: 4/26/2017 7:21:00 AM