School IPM

School Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Home Page

DPR’s School IPM Program promotes the adoption of IPM in schools and child care facilities. The Healthy Schools Act (HSA) 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. This strategy greatly reduces pest presence and the potential for pesticide exposure to students, teachers, and others at a schoolsite.

What’s New

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Webinar: Healthy Schools Act Updates
The School and Child Care IPM Team recently presented a Webinar explaining the new amendments to the Healthy Schools Act. If you were unable to attend, or just want to hear the information again, check out this recording of the Webinar. It includes both the PowerPoint presentation and the narration. Email questions about the webinar to

Pest Management Trends in California Child Care Centers, PDF (939 kb)
This report describes findings from the most recent survey covering pest management and pesticide use in California child care centers.

Integrated Pest Management for Schools video series
These entertaining, short videos contain practical integrated pest management tips from experts and information needed to comply with the California Healthy Schools Act. Topics covered in the video series include pest prevention in school buildings; inspecting and monitoring for pests; IPM for ants, cockroaches, gophers, and turfgrass weeds; and more. Watch the entire video series in English (with English and Spanish closed caption option) or En Español (with embedded Spanish subtitles).

IPM Plan for Schools, PDF (722 kb) or for Child Care Centers, PDF (722 kb)
DPR has developed an IPM plan template for school districts to use to meet this Healthy Schools Act requirement. If you are unable to use the PDF of this template try the IPM Plan for Schools, Word (84 kb) version or the IPM Plan for Child Care Centers, Word (85 kb) version.

Pesticide Use Reporting for School and Child Care Center Employees, PDF (228 kb)
Starting January 1, 2015, school districts and child care centers are required to submit pesticide use reports to DPR. For pesticide applications between January 1 and December 31, 2015 submit reports to DPR no later than January 30, 2016. A good idea is to start keeping your records on the form, PDF (228 kb) now!