716. INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT - Pg.
716. INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT
The District shall utilize integrated pest management procedures to manage structural and landscape pests and the toxic chemicals used for their control in order to alleviate pest problems with the least possible hazard to people, property and the environment.
The District shall integrate IPM education into the curriculum in accordance with relevant academic standards.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is the coordinated use of pest and environmental information to design and implement pest control methods that are economically, environmentally and socially sound. IPM promotes prevention over remediation and advocates integration of at least two (2) or more strategies to achieve long-term solutions.
Integrated Pest Management Plan is a plan that establishes a sustainable approach to managing pests by combining biological, cultural, physical and chemical tools in a way that minimizes economic, health and environmental risks.
3 Pa. C.S.A.
Sec. 111.21- 111.61
Sec. 128 et seq
The School Board establishes that the District shall use pesticides only after consideration of the full range of alternatives, based on analysis of environmental effects, safety, effectiveness and costs.
The School Board shall adopt an Integrated Pest Management Plan for District buildings and grounds that complies with policies and regulations promulgated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
4. Delegation of Responsibility
The Superintendent or designee shall be responsible to implement integrated pest management procedures and to coordinate communications between the District and the approved contractor.
The School Board designates the Supervisor of Buildings & Grounds to serve as IPM coordinator for the District.
The Superintendent or designee shall be responsible to annually notify parents/ guardians of the procedures for requesting notification of planned and emergency applications of pesticides in District buildings and on District grounds.
Appropriate personnel involved in making decisions relative to pest management shall participate in update training.
Pest management strategies may include education, exclusion, sanitation, maintenance, biological and mechanical controls, and site appropriate pesticides.
An integrated pest management decision shall consist of the following five (5) steps:
1. Identify pest species.
2. Estimate pest populations and compare to established action thresholds.
3. Select the appropriate management tactics based on current on-site information.
4. Assess effectiveness of pest management.
5. Keep appropriate records.
An Integrated Pest Management Plan shall include the education of District staff, students and the public about IPM policies and procedures.
When pesticide applications are scheduled in District buildings and on District grounds, the District shall provide notification in accordance with law, including:
Where pests pose an immediate threat to the health and safety of students or employees, the District may authorize an emergency pesticide application and shall notify by telephone any parent/guardian who has requested such notification.
The District shall maintain detailed records of all chemical pest control treatments for at least three (3) years. Information regarding pest management activities shall be available to the public at the District's administrative office.
Sec. 128 et seq
3 Pa. C.S.A.
Sec. 136 et seq