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About integrated pest management (IPM)

About the Healthy Schools Act and child care centers

  • 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 Requirements, PDF (195 kb)
    An easy-to-use guide that describes all of the Healthy Schools Act requirements.
  • Healthy Schools Act text, PDF (247 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, 173 kb) (En Español, PDF, 81 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

  • 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
E-mail: rcorley@cde.ca.gov

Child care facilities contact:
California Department of Social Services
Gwen Corso
Telephone: (916) 651-0259
E-mail: gwen.corso@dss.ca.gov

For more information about child care IPM contact:
Department of Pesticide Regulation
Belinda Messenger
Telephone: (916) 324-4077
E-mail: bmessenger@cdpr.ca.gov

For more information about school IPM contact:
Department of Pesticide Regulation
Laurie Brajkovich
E-mail: school-ipm@cdpr.ca.gov

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