Because pesticides pose risks, the school uses an alternative approach to merely applying pesticides. Control of insects, rodents, and weeds at our school focuses on making the school buildings and grounds an unfavorable place for pests to live and breed. Through maintenance and cleaning, we will reduce or eliminate available food and water sources and hiding places for the pests. We will also routinely monitor the school area to detect pest problems and prevent the pests from becoming established. Some techniques we will use include pest monitoring, sanitation, pest exclusion, proper food storage, pest removal and – as a last resort – pesticides. This holistic approach is often called Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
Sometimes pesticide use may be necessary to control a pest problem. When that happens, the school will use the lowest risk products available. If higher risk pesticides must be used, notices will be posted at application sites and parents, guardians, and staff, have a right to know.
Parents, legal guardians, and school staff will be notified of specific pesticide applications made at the school. Notifications will be given at least two days before planned pesticide applications. Pesticide application notices will also be posted in school and on school grounds. Notification need not be given for pesticide applications recognized by law to pose little or no risk of exposure to children or staff.
This school also keeps records of prior pesticide applications and information about the pesticides used. You may review these records of prior pesticide applications and information about the pesticides used. You may review these records as well as a copy of the Pesticides in Schools regulation (CMR 01-026 Chapter 27) by contacting our Operation Manager’s office at 947-6576.
For further information about pests, pesticides, and your right to know, call the board of Pesticides Control at 207-287-2731 or visit the Maine School IPM web site at www.thinkfirstpraylast.org/schoolipm.