School Administrators, Superintendents and Principals are responsible for both day-to-day operations as well as ensuring that schools meet the district’s overall mission. School IPM can help accomplish academic and fiscal goals by providing a healthy environment that promotes better learning and staff retention.
Effective evaluation is key to the continuing success of any program. Involve everyone at your school — staff, students, teachers, nurses, and parents — to monitor for pests and document maintenance and sanitation needs.
SCHOOL DISTRICT PARTNERS
Sixteen school districts, including four of the largest school districts in Colorado, are working towards implementing IPM. Click here to see who is working with school IPM in Colorado.
Learn how one Colorado school district used IPM strategies to help earn the U. S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School Award in this short YouTube video.
Rules and Regulations governing schools in the state of Colorado (6 CCR 1010-6), Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
6.7.4 Insect, Rodent Control and Classroom Animals
A. Insects, rodents, bats and other pests shall be managed, when they reach levels considered to pose economic or health threats, with integrated strategies for long-term pest suppression, using the most cost-effective means with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.
Draft a District-Wide School IPM Policy Statement
School IPM Policy — this template was written and approved by members of the Colorado Coalition for School IPM. The team’s goal was to design a template that could be adapted and modified to accommodate individual school districts.
Model IPM Policy and Plan — this policy and plan provides additional examples from the IPM Institute of North America.
CULTIVATE AN IPM CULTURE
Familiarize yourself with IPM principles.
Talk with the staff, teachers, parents, coaches, and students about IPM, and ways that people can work together.
Learn about the pests your staff are dealing with and encourage basic IPM strategies:
- Practice proactive measures such as scouting and exclusion.
- Keep indoor areas clean and dry and uncluttered.
- Always keep records of pest activity—where, when, and the treatments are administered as well as effectiveness.
- Outdoors, improve turf and ornamentals chance to thrive by understanding the plant’s needs.
Over time, school administrators can expect to see fewer pests, fewer pest-related incidents, and spend less money than traditional treatments. Read more about the benefits of School IPM in The Business Case for IPM in Schools.
Irrespective of State law, School Districts can adopt higher standards.
SCHOOL IPM POLICIES MAY STIPULATE
• Who can apply pesticides
• When and where they can be applied
• A list of allowable pesticide products
• More rigorous requirements beyond pesticide label rules, such as extended reentry periods
• Parent notification commitments
• Treated area posting details
• IPM contacts and school nurses
• A registry of students and staff who are chemically sensitive
• A plan regarding the storage of pesticide application records
• Mandated use of established Best Management Practices
• Education and outreach requirements for school staff, students, and/or parents