The Giffordschool Inc
Outdoor Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan
177 boston post road
Weston, MA 02493


IPM Coordinator
Bob Despres

Primary Contact
BobDespres, 7818999500, bdespres@gifford.org
This Daycare has a contract with
  • Robert Cormier of ulta fast pest control inc, 7818947700.

    By signing the end of this outdoor IPM plan, the IPM coordinator, Bob Despres, 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 The Giffordschool Inc on 6/23/2016 1:41:00 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 The Giffordschool Inc 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,  Bob Despres

      Objectives
      The objectives of the integrated pest management program conducted at the The Giffordschool Inc 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 The Giffordschool Inc 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 The Giffordschool Inc are listed below:
      1) Bob Despres (Outdoor IPM Coordinator)
      2) Robert Swiane
      3) Dave Picanso
      4) Eli Carvalho

    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

      Information is posted in a common area.


    F. OUTDOOR MONITORING

      The IPM plan will follow a Annually evaluation schedule. When pests are present, The Giffordschool Inc has chosen an OUTDOOR monitoring schedule that consists of Monthly 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..  The Giffordschool Inc has prepared maps of the outdoor facility and identified the following priority areas for maintenance:

      Turf
      Athletic field areas and campus lawns.

      The following pests have historically and/or currently been a problem at The Giffordschool Inc:

      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
         Annual Bluegrass
         Crabgrass
         Barnyard grass
         Dandelions, plaintains, ground ivy, cinquefoil

      Other
       
       


      TURF MANAGEMENT PLAN

      The following areas are priority areas for maintenance: Athletic field areas and campus lawns.

      Cultural Practices

      Mowing:
      Mowing occurs 1-2X per week as needed. Mowing height is 2 1/2 inches. Mowing equipment receives regular maintenance.

      Aeration:
      Play areas are aerated 1X per year.

      Water Management:
      Most areas are irrigated and supplement natural rainfall to provide 1-2" of water per week.

      Fertilization:
      Fertilizer is applied 4X per year providing approximately 3 LBS of nitrogen/1,000 SF per year. Slow-release sources of nitrogen are utilized.

      Equipment Maintenance:
      Equipment is washed and lubricated weekly.

      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.
      Suspect areas were inspected to reveal the presence of pests.

      Provide information on how you identified the species of pests above.
      A PMP was consulted.

      Provide details on the non-chemical control measures have you taken to manage the pests above.
      Affected areas are watered, fertilized, and re-seeded as needed.

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

      If you use insecticides, describe your rationale for using them for the pests above.
      Maintain the quality and integrity of the turf.

      Pesticide
      Product
      Name
      Active
      Ingredient
      EPA Registration
      Number
      Target
      Pest
      Rationale
      for use
      Merit 0.2 plus fertilizerimidacloprid432-1349-82757grubsmaintain quality turf
      Merit 2Fimidacloprid432-1376grubsmaintain quality turf
      0.2 Merit plus fertilizerimidacloprid432-1349-9198grubsmaintain quality turf

    • Insecticides are only applied by a certified and/or licensed applicator. 
    • Insecticides are used only when monitoring has shown that insects are present. 
    • Selective insecticides are used where possible instead of broad spectrum insecticides. 
    • Insecticide chemical classes are rotated. 
    • Insecticides that are applied preventatively are used only in areas where insects occurred and were documented the previous year and can be expected to occur in current season. 
    • Insecticide Use is documented in the STANDARD WRITTEN NOTIFICATION FORM

      Weeds
      Annual Bluegrass
      Barnyard grass
      Crabgrass
      Dandelions, plaintains, ground ivy, cinquefoil

      Describe the monitoring technique you used for the pests above.
      Weeds are observing during weekly site inspection and/or when mowing.

      Provide information on how you identified the species of pests above.
      A PMP is consulted.

      Provide details on the non-chemical control measures have you taken to manage the pests above.
      hand-weeding

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

      If you use herbicides, describe your rationale for using them for the pests above.
      to maintain desirable quality

      Pesticide
      Product
      Name
      Active
      Ingredient
      EPA Registration
      Number
      Target
      Pest
      Rationale
      for use
      Quincept2,4-D, dicamba, Quinclorac228-531annual and perennial weedsmaintain quality turf
      Acclaim Extrafenoxaprop432-950crabgrassmaintain quality turf
      Dismisscarfentrazone279-3295yellow nutsedgemaintain quality turf
      Barricade 0.29% plus fertilizerprodiamine100-1456-82757crabgrassmaintain quality turf
      Trupower 32,4-D, dicamba, mecaprop228-551broadleaf weedsmaintain quality
      Dimension 0.17% plus fertilizerdithiopyr62719-485-82757crabgrassmaintain quality

    • Herbicides are only applied by a certified and/or licensed applicator. 
    • Herbicides are applied as a spot treatment when appropriate. 
    • Herbicides that are applied preventatively are used only in areas where weeds occurred and were documented the previous year and can be expected to occur in current season. 
    • The herbicide chemical classes are rotated. 
    • Selective insecticides are used where possible instead of broad spectrum insecticides. 
    • Herbicide Use is documented in the STANDARD WRITTEN NOTIFICATION FORM


    H. RECORD KEEPING

      In the case of The Giffordschool Inc, 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, BobDespres has assigned committee member Bob Despres 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, BobDespres has assigned committee member Bob Despres 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 The Giffordschool Inc. 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
      0.2 Merit plus fertilizerimidacloprid432-1349-9198grubsmaintain quality turf
      Quincept2,4-D, dicamba, Quinclorac228-531annual and perennial weedsmaintain quality turf
      Acclaim Extrafenoxaprop432-950crabgrassmaintain quality turf
      Dismisscarfentrazone279-3295yellow nutsedgemaintain quality turf
      Barricade 0.29% plus fertilizerprodiamine100-1456-82757crabgrassmaintain quality turf
      Merit 0.2 plus fertilizerimidacloprid432-1349-82757grubsmaintain quality turf
      Merit 2Fimidacloprid432-1376grubsmaintain quality turf
      Trupower 32,4-D, dicamba, mecaprop228-551broadleaf weedsmaintain quality
      Dimension 0.17% plus fertilizerdithiopyr62719-485-82757crabgrassmaintain quality


    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 SignatureDate
      
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    Administrator, Director, or PrincipalDate

    Outdoor IPM Plan originally submitted on: 9/6/2011 11:17:00 AM
    Plan updated by The Giffordschool.Inc on: 6/23/2016 1:41:00 PM