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About integrated pest management (IPM)

About the Healthy Schools Act and child care centers

  • IPM Plan for Child Care Centers, PDF (724 kb)
    DPR has developed an IPM plan template for child care center staff to use to meet this Healthy Schools Act requirement.
  • 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 using this form. For January 1 to December 31, 2015 submit reports of pesticide applications to DPR no later than January 30, 2016. A good idea is to start keeping your records on the form, PDF (228 kb) now!
  • Pesticide Use Report - Absence of Reporting Form, word (60 kb) - Use this template to let us know your district does not have any pesticide use to report, then send it via e-mail.
  • Healthy Schools Act Requirements in English, PDF (391 kb) or  En Español, PDF (125 kb)
    An easy-to-use guide that describes all of the Healthy Schools Act requirements.
  • Table of Healthy Schools Act Responsibilities, PDF (237 kb) – For public K - 12 schools, licensed child care centers, and pest control or landscaping businesses that apply pesticides at schools or child care centers.
  • Healthy Schools Act Compliance Packet for Child Care Centers, PDF (1.3 mb)
  • Healthy Schools Act Amendments fact sheet, PDF (195 kb)
    Starting January 1, 2015, new amendments to the Healthy Schools Act 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.
  • Healthy Schools Act text, PDF (180 kb) - Text from the California Business and Professions Code, Education Code, Food & Agricultural Code, and Health & Safety Code related to the Healthy Schools Act.
  • The law does not require an integrated pest management plan, posting, notification, recordkeeping, or reporting for treatments involving certain kinds of pesticide products. Training is always required. The categories of products exempted are:
    • Self-contained baits and traps
    • Gels or pastes used for crack-and-crevice treatments
    • Antimicrobials
    • Products listed as minimum-risk pesticides by the U.S. EPA
    To determine whether a product is exempt or not, review the categories above, then read the label carefully. To get an idea of which products are potentially exempt, you may consult our HSA Exempt Products Flowchart, PDF (319 kb).
  • List of pesticide products prohibited from use in schools and child care centers (English, PDF, 52 kb) (En Español, PDF, 56 kb)
  • Information for pest control businesses
  • Templates - integrated pest management plan, notification, registry, warning sign, and pesticide use report form, recordkeeping forms to help you comply with right-to-know requirements

About pesticides and safe pesticide use


  • School IPM HELPR - for a specific pest, provides management tactics and potential human health and environmental impacts

For more information

For more information about the Healthy Schools Act:

Schools contact:
California Department of Education
Robert Corley
Telephone: (805) 835-3089

Child care facilities contact:
California Department of Social Services
Child Care Advocates

For more information about child care IPM contact:
Department of Pesticide Regulation
Belinda Messenger
Telephone: (916) 324-4077

For more information about school IPM contact:
Department of Pesticide Regulation
Lisa Estridge

We hope this Web site answers most of your questions on school IPM (if not, please send us a suggestion).
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