School IPM

School Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Home Page

DPR’s School IPM program promotes the adoption of IPM in schools and child day care facilities. At its most basic, IPM is a common sense pest management approach that requires pest management action only when necessary and with the least hazardous method.

The Healthy Schools Act (Food and Agricultural Code section 13181) defines IPM as a pest management 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 non-chemical practices to make the habitat less conducive to pest development, improving sanitation, and using mechanical and physical controls.

By focusing on pest prevention, inspecting for pest problems, and only applying pesticides as needed, pest presence and the potential for pesticide exposure is greatly reduced for students, teachers, and other people who work in schools.

What’s New

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Healthy Schools Act Amendments fact sheet, PDF (195 kb)
Starting January 1, 2015, new amendments to the Healthy Schools Act (HSA) will go into effect. Schools and licensed child care centers (schoolsites) applying certain pesticides are required to establish an IPM Plan, report pesticide use at least annually to DPR, and, starting on July 1, 2016, complete IPM training. For more information, please see fact sheet, PDF (195 kb).

For Pest Management Professionals, Healthy Schools Act Amendments, PDF (275 kb)
New amendments to the Healthy Schools Act that effect pest management professionals (PMPs) were recently passed. Starting July 1, 2016 a PMP must complete a DPR-approved school IPM training course before applying any pesticides at a school or licensed child care center. For more information, please see this fact sheet, PDF (275 kb).

School IPM Workshop: Spring 2015
Registration is now open for the spring 2015 School IPM Workshops scheduled for Costa Mesa (Orange County) on February 19, 2015 and Turlock (Stanislaus County) on April 9, 2015. These full-day workshops provide an introduction to structural and landscape IPM practices and include hands-on activities and demonstrations. Workshops are designed for school district personnel who are involved in making pest management decisions, such as school IPM coordinators, maintenance and operations directors and supervisors, and custodial and grounds staff.

Turfgrass IPM Workshops: 2015 Schedule
Registration is now open for the Turfgrass IPM Workshop scheduled for Santa Maria (Santa Barbara County) on April 2, 2015. This is a half-day workshop designed for school district personnel interested in expanding their knowledge of IPM techniques for natural turfgrass fields and landscapes.

2014-2015 Integrated Pest Management School Recordkeeping Calendar, PDF (4.5 mb)
DPR’s Integrated Pest Management School Recordkeeping Calendar features helpful pest management information from several IPM resources, including the UC IPM Program, IPM practitioners, and DPR staff. Included in this calendar are instructional images and pest prevention tips to aid in your IPM practices and pest management recordkeeping. You may request a free copy by e-mailing