2018-2019 Annual Integrated Pest Management Notice

Annual Integrated Pest Management Notice


A printed version of this notice can be accessed here.

September 2018

Dear Parent, Guardian, or Staff Member: 

This notice is being distributed to comply with the New Jersey School Integrated Pest Management Act. Robbinsville Public Schools has adopted an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Policy and has implemented an IPM Plan to comply with this law. IPM is a holistic, preventive approach to managing pests that is explained further in the district’s IPM Policy included with this notice.

 All schools in New Jersey are required to have an Integrated Pest Management Coordinator (IPM Coordinator) to oversee all activities related to IPM and pesticide use at the school. 

 The IPM Coordinator for Robbinsville Public Schools is:

                                                                                           Kimberly Keener, CEFM 

Contact Information:                          Robbinsville Board of Education Office/Facilities

                                                              155 Robbinsville-Edinburg Road

                                                              Robbinsville, NJ 08691

                                                              (609) 632-0910 ext. 3022   
                                                              kkeener@robbinsville.k12.nj.us

 

School Principals also receive IPM training and are designated building IPM Coordinators:

Sharon Elementary/Windsor School:          Janet Sinkewicz

Pond Road Middle School:                            Paul Gizzo

Robbinsville High School:                              Molly Avery

 

The IPM Coordinator maintains the pesticide product label and the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) (when one is available) of each pesticide product that may be used on school property.  The label and the MSDS are available for review by a parent, guardian, staff member, or student attending the school.  Also, the IPM Coordinator is available to parents, guardians, and staff members for information and to discuss comments about IPM activities and pesticide use at the school.

 

As part of a school pest management plan Robbinsville Public Schools may use pesticides to control pests.  The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) register pesticides to determine that the use of a pesticide in accordance with instructions printed on the label does not pose an unreasonable risk to human health and the environment.  Nevertheless, the EPA and the DEP cannot guarantee that registered pesticides do not pose any risk to human health, thus unnecessary exposure to pesticides should be avoided.  The EPA has issued the statement that where possible, persons who are potentially sensitive, such as pregnant women, infants and children, should avoid unnecessary pesticide exposure.

 

The following items are included with this annual notice:

 

  • a copy of the school or school district’s IPM policy
  • the date, time and place of any meeting if one is to be held for the purpose of adopting or modifying the school integrated pest management policy or plan
  • a list of pesticides that are in use or that have been used in the past 12 months on school property

 

Robbinsville Public Schools-District Policy #7422.1-.4 Integrated Pest Management Plan

Adopted:         August 26, 2003

Revised:          December 20, 2011

The New Jersey School Integrated Pest Management Act of 2002 requires schools to implement a school integrated pest management policy.

 The law requires the superintendent of the school district, for each school in the district, the board of trustees of a charter school, and the principal or lead administrator of a private school, as appropriate, to implement Integrated Pest Management (IPM) procedures to control pests and minimize exposure of children, faculty, and staff to pesticides.  Robbinsville Public Schools shall therefore develop and maintain an IPM plan as part of the school’s policy.

 Integrated pest management procedures in schools 

Implementation of IPM procedures will determine when to control pests and whether to use mechanical, physical, cultural, biological or chemical methods.  Applying IPM principles prevents unacceptable levels of pest damage by the most economical means and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment. 

 

Each school shall consider the full range of management options, including no action at all. Non-pesticide pest management methods are to be used whenever possible.  The choice of using a pesticide shall be based on a review of all other available options and a determination that these options are not effective or not reasonable. When it is determined that a pesticide must be used, low impact pesticides and methods are preferred and shall be considered for use first. 

 

Development of IPM plans 

The school IPM plan is a blueprint of how Robbinsville Public Schools will manage pests through IPM methods.  The school IPM plan states the school’s goals regarding the management of pests and the use of pesticides.  It reflects the school’s site-specific needs. The IPM plan shall provide a description of how each component of the school IPM policy will be implemented at the school.  For Public schools, the Local School Board, in collaboration with the school building administrator (principal), shall be responsible for the development of the IPM plan for this school.  For Charter schools and non-public schools, the development of the IPM plan shall be the responsibility of the Board of Trustees or the Principal or Lead Administrator.  

 

IPM Coordinator

The Robbinsville Board of Education shall designate an integrated pest management coordinator, who is responsible for the implementation of the school integrated pest management policy. 

 

Education /Training

The school community will be educated about potential pest problems and IPM methods used to achieve the pest management objectives.

The IPM Coordinator, other school staff and pesticide applicators involved with implementation of the school IPM policy will be trained in appropriate components of IPM as it pertains to the school environment.

Students, parents/guardians will be provided information on this policy and instructed on how they can contribute to the success of the IPM program. 

 Record keeping

Records of pesticide use shall be maintained on site to meet the requirements of the state regulatory agency and the school board.    

Records shall also include, but are not limited to, pest surveillance data sheets and other non-pesticide pest management methods and practices utilized.

 Notification/Posting

The Robbinsville Board of Education of Robbinsville Public Schools is responsible for timely notification to students’ parents or guardians and the school staff of pesticide treatments pursuant to the School IPM Act. 

 Re-entry

Re-entry to a pesticide treated area shall conform to the requirements of the School IPM Act. 

 Pesticide applicators

The IPM coordinator shall ensure that applicators follow state regulations, including licensing requirements and label precautions, and must comply with all components of the School IPM Policy.

Evaluation

Annually, for public schools, the Principal will report to the local school board on the effectiveness of the IPM plan and make recommendations for improvement as needed.  For non-public schools and charter schools, the Lead Administrator or Principal shall report to their respective governing boards on the effectiveness of the school IPM plan and make recommendations for improvement as needed. 

The local school board or other respective governing boards directs the Principal or Lead Administrator to develop regulations/procedures for the implementation of this policy.

 

Authorizing Regulatory references

The School Integrated Pest Management Act of 2002

N.J.A.C. Title 7 Chapter 30 Subchapters 1-12

Pesticide Control Act of 1971

Revised 9/12/03

 

Pesticides that are in use or that have been used in the past 12 months on school property:

 

Exterior

Pesticide Common Name

 

PT 565 Plus XLO Formula 2

 

Pesticide Trade Name

 

 

Pyrethrins

 

EPA Registration Number

 

499-310

Pesticide Common Name

 

Pesticide Trade Name

 

EPA Registration Number

 

 Interior

2018-2019 Contracted IPM Monthly Service Provider:       Western Pest Services

          

            Respectfully Submitted by,

            Kimberly Keener, CEFM

            Director of Operations

            Robbinsville Public Schools

 

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