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Parents

There is nothing more important than a safe school environment for our children. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) reduces pests and minimizes pesticide use, helping to provide a healthy and safe environment. Every Pennsylvania school is required to use IPM to manage pests on school grounds. In addition, IPM is in the state academic standards requiring that all K-12 students learn about the benefits of IPM.

Be familiar with the Pennsylvania Academic Standards. IPM is found under Subject Area 4: Environment and Ecology, and Subject Area 4.5: Humans and the Environment. Ask your child's teacher how IPM has been integrated into the curriculum. See our Publications & Fact Sheets page for fun activities to do with your child.

Ask school administrators if the school has an IPM advisory committee, which should consist of the IPM coordinator and teachers, students, parents, health staff, kitchen and maintenance personnel. Understand the current legislation requiring schools to notify parents (who request advance notification) before pesticides are applied on school grounds.