The Rhinebeck Central School District is committed to implement Integrated Pest Management (IPM) procedures by reducing pests and pesticides in order to provide a safe environment for students, staff and visitors using the District’s buildings and grounds. The goal of IPM is to reduce pesticide use while providing long-term solutions for pest management.
Structural and landscape pests can pose significant hazards to people, property and the environment. Pesticides can also pose hazards to people (including poisoning or allergic responses in sensitive individuals), property, and the environment. It is therefore the District’s policy to incorporate Integrated Pest Management (IPM) procedures for control of pests and to give notification of any pesticide application deemed necessary.
According to New York State law:
1. Schools are required to adopt the least toxic approach to an integrated pest management program (IPM).
2. Schools must provide notification to parents, guardians and school employees at various times of the year and prior to the application of pesticides.
3. The notification can be provided through written notices to parents and staff who register to be notified or through written notification in newsletters, bulletins, calendars or other correspondence currently published by the school district.
Pests are living organisms (animals, plants or microorganisms) that interfere with human use of the school site. Pests such as cockroaches, fleas, ants, stinging wasps, termites, and rodents are annoying and can disrupt the learning environment in schools. Pests are known to bite, sting, or transmit disease, and may also cause allergic responses. Strategies for managing pest populations will be influenced by the pest species and the degree to which that population poses a threat to people, property, or the environment.
INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT
Pests will be managed to:
• Reduce any potential human health hazard or to protect against a significant threat to public safety;
• Prevent loss or damage to school structures or property;
• Prevent pests from spreading in the community or to plant and animal populations beyond the site;
• Enhance the quality of life for students, staff and others.
Integrated pest management strategies include:
• Non-chemical prevention of pest populations using such methods as sanitation, exclusion, and cultural practices. Selecting the least hazardous methods and materials effective for control of targeted pests.
• Precision targeting of pesticides to areas not contacted or accessible to the children, faculty, and staff.
• Application of pesticides only "as needed" to correct verified problems.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) procedures will determine when to control pests, and whether to use physical, horticultural, or biological means. Chemical controls are used as a last resort. IPM practitioners depend on current, comprehensive information on the pest and its environment, and the best available pest control methods. Applying IPM principles prevents unacceptable levels of pest activity and damage. These principles are implemented by the most economical means and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.
It is the policy of this School District to utilize IPM principles to manage pest populations adequately. While the goal of the District’s IPM program is to reduce and ultimately eliminate use of toxic chemicals, toxic chemicals may become necessary in certain situations. The choice of using a pesticide will be based on a review of all other available options and a determination that these options are unacceptable or are infeasible, alone or in combination. Cost or staffing considerations alone will not be adequate justification for use of chemical control agents. The full range of alternatives, including no action, will be considered. When it is determined that a pesticide must be used in order to prevent pest levels from exceeding action thresholds, the least-hazardous material will be chosen. The application of such pesticides is subject to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (7 USC 136 et seq.), School District policies and procedures, Environmental Protection Agency regulations in 40 CFR, Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations, and state and local regulations.
DISSEMINATION AND EVALUATION
The success of the District’s IPM is dependent upon the full cooperation of administrators, faculty, maintenance/custodial staff, parents, and students. The Superintendent of Schools is directed to develop and implement regulations for implementing the District’s IPM program and procedures. This policy and the accompanying regulations will be reviewed annually and updated as necessary.
8 NYCRR 155.4 (d)(2) Uniform Code of Public School Building Inspections, Safety Rating and Monitoring
8 NYCRR 155.24 School Pesticide Neighbor Notification