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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!
  • Healthy Schools Act Requirements, PDF (195 kb)
    An easy-to-use guide that describes all of the Healthy Schools Act requirements.
  • 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.
  • Pest Management and Pesticide Use in California Child Care Centers, PDF (6 mb) - Survey of child care centers on pest problems and pesticide use; report prepared by the University of California for DPR (June 2010)
  • 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. The label is a legal document describing permitted uses for the pesticide product. To get an idea of which products are potentially exempt, you may consult our exempt pesticides worksheet, PDF (242 kb).
  • List of pesticide products prohibited from use in schools and child care centers (English, PDF, 214 kb) (En Español, PDF, 177 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
Gwen Corso
Telephone: (916) 651-0259

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
Laurie Brajkovich

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