School IPM

School Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Home Page

Welcome to the California School IPM web site! This site has been created by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) as part of its implementation of the Healthy Schools Act. Here you will find a variety of documents, web links, and other resources related to the Act and to integrated pest management in schools.

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What is integrated pest management (IPM)? Integrated pest management is a widely accepted approach to pest management that results in effective suppression of pest populations while minimizing human health and environmental hazards.  wedge more...

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What is the Healthy Schools Act? The Healthy Schools Act put into code DPR’s existing voluntary school IPM program and added some requirements for schools, such as parental notification of pesticide applications, warning signs, recordkeeping at schools and pesticide use reporting by licensed pest control businesses that apply pesticides at schools. DPR is committed to facilitating voluntary adoption of IPM policies and programs in schools throughout California, and will be assisting school districts with their implementation of the Healthy Schools Act.  wedge more...

What’s New

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School IPM Workshop: Spring 2015
Registration is now open for the spring 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. Workshops are designed for school district personnel who are involved in making pest management decisions, such as school IPM coordinators, maintenance and operations directors and supervisors, and custodial and grounds staff.

Turfgrass IPM Workshops: 2014 - 2015 Schedule
Registration is now open for the 2014 - 2015 Turfgrass IPM Workshops, which are scheduled for Sunnyvale (Santa Clara County) on October 22, 2014 and Santa Maria (Santa Barbara County) on April 2, 2015. These half-day workshops are designed for school district personnel interested in expanding their knowledge of IPM techniques for natural turfgrass fields and landscapes.

Reminders for the School Year, PDF (3.8 mb)
Before the 2014 - 2015 school year begins, brush up your knowledge about the Healthy Schools Act and integrated pest management with these reminders. You’ll also find tips for using IPM when working with pest control contractors.

2014-2015 Integrated Pest Management School Recordkeeping Calendar, PDF (4.5 mb)
DPR’s Integrated Pest Management School Recordkeeping Calendar features helpful pest management information from several IPM resources, including the UC IPM Program, IPM practitioners, and DPR staff. Included in this calendar are instructional images and pest prevention tips to aid in your IPM practices and pest management recordkeeping. You may request a free copy by e-mailing