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Complying with the Healthy Schools Act

The Healthy Schools Act establishes requirements for school districts when pesticide applications are made at California public K-12 schools. Below is a step-by-step guide that school IPM coordinators and administrators can follow to meet the requirements of the law:

  1. Identify an IPM Coordinator. This person will ensure the district meets the requirements of the law.
  2. Develop an IPM plan using the DPR template. Post the IPM plan to the school or district Web site, or, if no Web site exists, include it with the annual written notification.*
  3. Notify all parents and school staff of pesticides expected to be used during the coming year.*
  4. Give all parents and school staff the opportunity to register to receive notification of individual pesticide applications. Notify registered parents and school staff at least 72 hours before each pesticide application.*
  5. Starting July 1, 2016, and annually thereafter, the IPM Coordinator and everyone applying pesticides must complete a DPR-approved school IPM training course prior to applying any pesticide (including disinfectants such as bleach).
  6. Post warning signs around the application area 24 hours before pesticide applications and keep signs posted for 72 hours afterward.*
  7. Keep pesticide use records on site for 4 years.*
  8. Submit pesticide use reports to DPR annually for all applications made by school employees.*
    Do not report pesticide use by contracted pest management professionals.
  9. Check if pesticides are prohibited for use in schools and child care centers in English, PDF or En Español, PDF .

* Exemptions may apply to these requirements. See the Exemptions from the Healthy Schools Act section below.

Exemptions from the Healthy Schools Act

The Healthy Schools Act does not require an IPM plan, notification, posting, recordkeeping, or reporting when the following pesticide products are used:

  • 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

Training is always required when any pesticides are used.

Healthy Schools Act Compliance Kit

To make it easier for school districts to meet the requirements of the Healthy Schools Act, DPR created Healthy Schools Act Compliance templates and sample forms.

Contracting with a Pest Management Professional

If your school contracts a pest management professional for all or part of its pest management activities, you should make sure to include IPM practices in the contract. Note that beginning July 1, 2016, anyone hired to apply pesticides must complete a DPR-approved school IPM training course prior to applying any pesticides at a school.

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