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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List of Pesticide Products Prohibited from Use in Schools and Child Care Facilities
(English, PDF, 171 kb) (En Español, PDF, 80 kb)

School IPM Video Series
DPR’s School IPM Program is beginning production on a school IPM video series. The eleven videos will cover the Healthy Schools Act, IPM basics, and specific management techniques for a variety of school pests. The filming will take place at several California school sites and will include commentary from professional IPM experts. The videos are expected to be available in January 2015.

Integrated Pest Management for Child Care Centers Video Series
These new videos, produced by the DPR Growing Up Green Child Care IPM Program, walk you through the process of integrated pest management, with demonstrations of tools and practices and were filmed in real child care centers.

The DPR School IPM Team is currently working on a School IPM Video Series (expected to be available January 2015) that will be helpful for training school district staff in IPM principles.

Integrated Pest Management in Schools, PDF (1.3 mb)
A U.S. EPA brochure with information about the IPM approach, easy IPM techniques, implementing an IPM program, and more.

School IPM Workshops: 2013-2014 Schedule
Registration is now open for DPR’s School IPM Workshops taking place during the 2013-2014 school year. Workshops are scheduled for Red Bluff (Tehama County) on April 24, 2014 and Bakersfield (Kern County) on June 12, 2014. These workshops, which are mandated by the Healthy Schools Act, are designed specifically for California school district staff who are responsible for pest management, such as IPM coordinators, maintenance & operations directors, and grounds keepers and custodial staff.