Administrators of daycares, schools and school age child care
programs must ensure that their facility ("school property")
has an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plan on file with the
Department of Agricultural Resources. They are also required
to ensure standard written notification of parents and staff
whenever a pesticide application is being made outdoors on school
property. Emergency situations may require an exemption from
the conditions of the law. Exemptions are granted by ther local
Board of Health or Department of Agricultural Resources.
Information - Questions & Answers (June, 2003)
The basics requirements of the Children and Families Protection
Act are presented in a question and answer format...
and Families' Protection Act of 2000 (April, 2000)
The full text of the act signed into law by Governor Cellucci
in April 2000...
Guide for Applicators & Administrators
A guide for administrators and pesticide applicators which
defines school property, and provides greater details on how
to ensure compliance...
Asked Questions About the Act
A collection of questions and answers which addresses issues
ranging from aesthetic pesticide use to unique situations...
A 10 step guide to help you quickly ensure compliance with
the state law regarding IPM in schools, daycare centers and
school age child care programs
Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
What is Integrated
Pest Management (IPM) ?
Integrated pest management is an effective, environmentally
friendly approach to pest management that relies on a combination
of commonsense practices. Many definitions have been proposed
General guidelines for developing an IPM plan
your IPM plan online
Tools and Resources
Use the interactive IPM plan maker to develop your indoor
and outdoor IPM plans. The plans can then be submitted electronically
to the Department for online viewing
Links to select sites on the web which deal with Integrated
written notification requirements and Form
Notification of parents and staff is required whenever a pesticide
is used outdoors on school property...
Where a human health emergency requires the immediate use of
pesticides or the use of pesticides prohibited under the law,
schools/ daycares/ school age child care programs can apply
for an emergency exemption...
exempt from the law
prohibited by law
On the Indoor property of schools, daycare centers and school
age childcare programs, the law allows the use of certain
pesticide products which are referred to as "minimum
risk 25b products
Pesticides which contain inert ingredients of toxicological
concern or which are considered to be likely or probable human
carcinogens are prohibited from use under the law...
you providing safe drinking water for your shool? [PDF]
Drinking water provided by schools is regulated under the federal
Safe Drinking Water Act and state laws and regulations. If your
school has its own on-site well water system, it is regulated
as a public water system, and school officials are responsible
for making sure the water is safe
IPM Education In Schools
Teaching students about Integrated
Pest Management (IPM) can be a fun and educational part of
a student's overall education. In particular, IPM can be an
invaluable part of a student's science and home economics
curriculum. Additionally, students educated in IPM will likely
adopt practices, which will reduce and or prevent pests within
their community, school and home.
The following links outline approaches
schools can take to teach students about IPM:
IPM for students in grades K-6
Patrol (Teachers Guide) grades K-8
for Teachers Curriculum - Weeds: grades 8-12
Species and IPM (resource directory): grades K-12
identification, fun (insect related) activities and resources: