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

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.

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 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 now!

Healthy Schools Act Amendments fact sheet, PDF (195 kb)
On January 1, 2015, new amendments to the HSA went into effect. Schoolsites (K-12 schools and licensed child care centers) applying certain pesticides are required to complete an IPM Plan, report pesticide use at least annually to DPR, and, starting on July 1, 2016, complete IPM training.

For Pest Management Professionals, Healthy Schools Act Amendments fact sheet, PDF (275 kb)
New amendments to the Healthy Schools Act that affect pest management professionals (PMPs) were recently passed. Starting July 1, 2016 a PMP must complete a DPR-approved school IPM training course before applying any pesticides at a school or licensed child care center.

School IPM Workshops: Spring 2015 Schedule
Registration is now open for the 2015 School IPM Workshops scheduled for Costa Mesa (Orange County) on February 19, 2015 and Turlock (Stanislaus County) on April 9, 2015. These full-day workshops provide an introduction to structural and landscape IPM practices and include hands-on activities and demonstrations.

Turfgrass IPM Workshops: 2015 Schedule
Registration is now open for the Turfgrass IPM Workshop, scheduled for Santa Maria (Santa Barbara County) on April 2, 2015. This half-day workshop is designed for school district personnel interested in expanding their knowledge of IPM techniques for natural turfgrass fields.