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About integrated pest management (IPM)

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About the Healthy Schools Act and child day care facilities

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  • 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. For more information, please see fact sheet, PDF (195 kb).
  • What you need to know about the Healthy Schools Act and child care facilities (fact sheet) (English, PDF 1.3 mb) (En Español, PDF 909 kb)
  • Frequently Asked Questions About The Healthy Schools Act (July 2010)
    color, PDF (156 kb) b&w, PDF (153 kb)
  • Assembly Bill 2865, PDF (89 kb) (Chapter 865, Statutes of 2006) - legislation which imposed requirements on private child day care facilities
  • 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)
    • News release, "Survey Shows Many Child Care Centers Have Pest Problems, Use Pesticides" (July 2010)
  • The law does not require posting, notification, or recordkeeping for treatments involving certain kinds of pesticide products. 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).
  • AB 405 list of pesticide products prohibited from use in schools and child day care facilities (English, PDF, 173 kb) (En Español, PDF, 81 kb)
  • Information for pest control businesses
  • Templates - notification, registry, warning sign, and recordkeeping forms to help you comply with right-to-know requirements

About pesticides and safe pesticide use

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

For more information

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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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Child Care IPM Announcements are transmitted to our subscribers periodically and are aimed at those who work for or with child care providers. Announcements will include information regarding the Healthy Schools Act, training opportunities for child care providers, IPM resources, green cleaning and other pest management topics related to child care IPM.