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Integrated Pest Management   

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Definition

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) means a strategy that focuses on long-term prevention or suppression of pest problems through a combination of techniques such as monitoring for pest presence and establishing treatment threshold levels, using nonchemical practices to make the habitat less conducive to pest development, improving sanitation, and employing mechanical and physical controls. Pesticides that pose the least possible hazard and are effective in a manner that minimizes risks to people, property, and the environment are used only after careful monitoring indicates they are needed according to pre-established guidelines and treatment thresholds. (Food and Agricultural Code 13181)

The district recognizes that maintenance of a safe, clean and healthy environment for students and staff is essential to learning. It is the goal of the district to provide for the safest and lowest risk approach to control pest problems while protecting students, staff, the environment, and district property and use the Precautionary Principle which states "When an activity raises possible threats of harm to the environment or human health, precautionary measures should be taken, even if some cause and effect relationships are not fully established."

The district adopts a Least-Toxic Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Policy. Pests and weeds will be controlled to protect the health and safety of students and staff; to maintain a productive learning environment; and to maintain the integrity of school buildings and grounds. It is the policy of the district to focus on long-term pest prevention and give non-chemical methods first consideration when selecting appropriate control techniques. A full range of alternatives will be considered. No action, will be considered first, with chemical controls used only as a last resort. Preference will be given to no use of chemicals and then chemicals that pose the least possible hazard to people and the environment.

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

17366 Legislative intent (fitness of buildings for occupancy)

17608-17613 Healthy Schools Act of 2000

48980 Notice at beginning of term

48980.3 Notification of pesticides

FOOD AND AGRICULTURAL CODE

11401-12408 Pest control operations and agricultural chemicals

13180-13188 Healthy Schools Act of 2000

GOVERNMENT CODE

3543.2 Scope of representation; right to negotiate safety conditions

6250-6270 California Public Records Act

CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 8

340-340.2 Employer's obligation to provide safety information

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 7

136-136y Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodentcide Act

Management Resources:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

Pest Control in the School Environment: Adopting Integrated Pest Management, 1993

WEB SITES

California Department of Education: http//www.cde.ca.gov

California Department of Pesticide Regulation, School IPM: http://schoolipm.info

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Integrated Pest Management at Schools: http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/ipm

Policy KENTFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: September 8, 2015 Kentfield, California