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Roles in School IPM
For Maintenance & Operations Staff
Maintenance and operations staff have an important role in maintaining healthy learning environments at schools. Basic integrated pest management (IPM) practices, such as everyday cleaning and regular maintenance, help to keep pests out of schools. By using IPM, maintenance and operations staff can reduce the risks that can be associated with using pesticides around children.
What You Need To Know About the Healthy Schools Act
The school district IPM coordinator (or “designee”) is responsible for making sure that the requirements of the Healthy Schools Act (HSA) are carried out; if you are the IPM coordinator, please review the IPM Coordinators & Administrators page. Maintenance and operations staff may be asked to help meet the HSA requirements by doing one or more the following:
- Make a list of pesticides expected to be used during the coming year that will be included with the annual notification to parents and staff.
- Starting July 1, 2016, take a DPR-approved HSA course annually before you apply a pesticide. A list of approved courses will be available in early 2016. Check the Required HSA Training web page for course availability!
- Communicate with other district staff so that anyone on the pesticide notification registration is notified at least 72 hours before each individual pesticide applications.
- Post warning signs, PDF (53 kb) around the area to be applied with pesticides (at least 24 hours before the application and 72 hours afterward).
Applying IPM in Your School
IPM is a problem-solving approach that helps pest managers make the best possible decisions. An IPM program may change the way you perform some of your maintenance duties. Here are some steps you should take to apply an IPM plan at your schoolsite:
- Learn what IPM is. View our School IPM Guidebook for more information.
- Get trained in IPM techniques. Check out our Training page for more information.
- Get information on specific pest problems. Review UC IPM Program for more information.
Learning to recognize the most common pests is a critical step in the IPM process. Different pest species often have very different biology and habits, which means that management methods will often vary. The resources below can help you to properly identify pests at your schoolsite and make your IPM program much more effective.
- UCIPM Home, garden, turf, and landscape pests. Check the excellent photos on this site to help identify your pest.
- UCIPM Weed Photo Gallery. The UC IPM Weed Photo Gallery includes many, but not all, weed species commonly found in California farms and landscapes, organized by common name.
- County Cooperative Extension offices. List of offices with phone numbers and email addresses. Depending on the county, your Cooperative Extension Farm or Home Advisor may be able to help with identification.