School nurses, health aides and public health professionals play an important role in school IPM.
IPM is supported by the National Environmental Health Association, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Public Health Considerations for School IPM Programs
– a presentation by Leah Colton, CDPHE, at the Colorado Coalition for School IPM Fall Meeting.
Contact your local public health agency here.
BE AWARE OF PESTS OF CONCERN
Some pests have been determined to be a public health risk or a significant nuisance pest. Go the our fact sheets to learn more about mice, cockroaches, head lice and other pests of concern. Learn more about other health concerns related to pests.
IDENTIFY ANY CHILDREN WITH ASTHMA
Asthma may be exacerbated by pests and/or pest allergens. Learn more about asthma and IPM.
UNDERSTAND YOUR SCHOOL POLICIES
It’s not a question of whether bed bugs will be found in your school — it’s a question of when! Click here for IPM recommendations on what to do. Experts recommend having a bed bug policy in place before you find them.
BE AWARE OF CHEMICALS USED AND STORED IN YOUR SCHOOL
Be aware of children who may have sensitivities to chemicals.
Know where to find the Material Safety Data Sheets for any chemical used on school property.
Consider any potential pesticide exposure when evaluating a child’s health complaint. Learn more about pesticides and health.
Your school’s emergency management plans should have clear action points for the chance event of a pesticide spill or exposure situation.
The Role of School Nurses in Integrated Pest Management: Protecting Children From Pests and Pesticides This new report from the National Association of School Nurses describes the important role school nurses play in advancing school IPM.
Rules and Regulations Governing Schools, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment