(a) The department shall promote and facilitate the voluntary adoption of integrated pest management programs for schoolsites, excluding privately operated child day care facilities, as defined in Section 1596.750 of the Health and Safety Code, that voluntarily choose to do so. For these schoolsites, the department shall do all of the following:
(1) Establish an integrated pest management program for schoolsites consistent with Section 13181. In establishing the program, the department shall:
(A) Develop criteria for identifying least-hazardous pest control practices and encourage their adoption as part of an integrated pest management program at each schoolsite.
(B) Develop a model program guidebook that prescribes essential program elements for schoolsites that have adopted a least-hazardous integrated pest management program. At a minimum, this guidebook shall include guidance on all of the following:
(i) Adopting an IPM policy.
(ii) Selecting and training an IPM coordinator.
(iii) Identifying and monitoring pest populations and damage.
(iv) Establishing a community-based school district advisory committee.
(v) Developing a pest management plan for making least-hazardous pest control choices.
(vi) Contracting for integrated pest management services.
(vii) Training and licensing opportunities.
(viii) Establishing a community-based right-to-know standard for notification and posting of pesticide applications.
(ix) Recordkeeping and program review.
(C) Develop a template for an integrated pest management plan to be used by schoolsites or school districts. The template shall outline a strategy for integrated pest management as described in Section 13181.
(2) Make the model program guidebook available to schoolsites and establish a process for systematically updating the guidebook and supporting documentation.
(b) The department shall promote and facilitate the voluntary adoption of integrated pest management programs at child day care facilities, as defined in Section 1596.750 of the Health and Safety Code, through the following:
(1) Modifying the department's existing integrated pest management program for schoolsites as described in subdivision (a) of Section 13183 for the child day care setting.
(2) Creating or modifying existing educational and informational materials on integrated pest management for the child day care setting.
(3) Making the materials available to child day care facilities and establishing a process for systematically updating them.
(c) The department shall develop a training course to train any person who intends to apply pesticides on a schoolsite. The training course shall cover integrated pest management and the safe use of pesticides in relation to the unique nature of schoolsites and children's health. The training course shall be provided by the department or an agent authorized by the department.
(Amended by Stats. 2014, Ch. 848, Sec. 12.)