The Rivers School Corporation
Indoor Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan
333 Winter Street
Weston, MA 02493-1040


IPM Coordinator
Benjamin McGovern

Primary Contact
Benjamin McGovern, Director of Facilities, 781.237.6352, b.mcgovern@rivers.org
This School has a contract with
  • Doug Smith, Operations Manager of Waltham Services, 781-893-1810.

    By signing the end of this indoor IPM plan, the IPM coordinator, Benjamin McGovern, 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, The Rivers School Corporation on 3/17/2014 3:47:00 PM has prepared the following indoor IPM plan. By centralizing all of the information about this facilityís pest management practices the plan serves as a guide to direct this facilityís IPM coordinator,  Benjamin McGovern , about pest control and pesticide use.

      This plan describes the pest management practices for indoor areas of the The Rivers School Corporation 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.

      Objectives
      The objectives of the integrated pest management program conducted at the The Rivers School Corporation are listed below.

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    • Reduce childrenís 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 The Rivers School Corporation 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:

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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 The Rivers School Corporation are listed below:
      1) Benjamin McGovern (Indoor IPM Coordinator)
      2) Bruce Amsbary
      3) Diane  Merrill
      4) Jonathan Wasserman


    D. COMMUNICATING IPM WITHIN THE FACILITY

      The pest management professional communicates with the IPM coordinator of the facility. The IPM coordinator relays the information back to the committee, administrative team and the Head of the School to then educate the staff, faculty and students directly.

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


    E. EDUCATION AND TRAINING OF FACILITY OCCUPANTS & STAFF

    • The Rivers school food service workers administrative staff and facilities staff will all receive IPM training.
    • The staff will receive training in proper reporting of problems or findings of pests or areas that may be potential problems within the facility.  The training will also cover cleanliness standards for pest prone areas to reduce the likelyhood of a pest problem.
    • The staff will receive quarterly training via email.
    • The IPM committee will collectively produce the training materials to be sent to the staff quarterly.
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    F. INDOOR MONITORING

      The IPM committee will evaluate the plan annually. When pests are present, The Rivers School Corporation has chosen an INDOOR monitoring schedule that consists of daily inspections. When pests are absent the INDOOR monitoring schedule will consist of weekly 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 facilityís Pest Management Professional and the facilityís contracted Pest Management Professional would conduct regular pest inspections and would then instruct the IPM coordinator as to the proper course of action.


    G. COURSE OF ACTION TAKEN FOR INDOOR PESTS

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

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

      SCHOOL PEST DESCRIPTION
      Ants, termites and field mice.

      SCHOOL PEST LOCATION DETAILS
      Varied around campus buildings.

      SCHOOL PEST ACTIVITY
      Typically only found when a food source is present.

      MONITORING/INSPECTION
      Staff from entire facility are aware to contact the Director of Facilities whenever a pest problem is realized.

      ELIMINATING ACCESS
      Egress doors are closed to minimize flying insect entry. Foundations are inspected for cracks where small animals may enter.

      ELIMINATING SOURCES OF FOOD AND WATER
      All common areas are cleaned dailey of all food waste, crumbs, packaging, cans, bottles, etc. kitchen area is scrubbed clean and packed up dailey to minimize chance of pest infestation.

      ELIMINATION OF SHELTER AND HARBORAGE
      Boxes are consolidated to minimize clutter. Areas are completely cleaned and inspected weekly to ensure minimalistic conditions for any pest population.

      NON-CHEMICAL CONTROLS
      Fly strips are used in the fall when fly populations are in the highest stage to minimize populations in the kitchen area. Whenever a rodent problem may be evedent, traps are the only method of attack.

      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 The Rivers School Corporation, 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, Benjamin McGovern, Director of Facilities has assigned committee member Benjamin McGovern 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 The Rivers School Corporation. 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
      Advion indoxacarb 352-746 ants emergency only
      Mother Earth Geraniol termites Eating field turf



    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: 11/20/2007 3:20:00 PM
    Plan updated by Benjamin McGovern on: 3/17/2014 3:47:00 PM