Children's Environmental Protection Act S.855 - A bill to protect children and other vulnerable subpopulations from exposure to environmental pollutants, to protect children from exposure to pesticides in schools, and to provide parents with information concerning toxic chemicals that pose risks to children, and for other purposes.
School Environment Protection Act (U.S. Senate Bill S.1716 or H.R. 111) - Proposed legislation would require annual notification of schools' pest management practices including pesticides used; specify that least-toxic methods be used with pesticides as a last resort; and create a 12-member School IPM Advisory Board to develop a list of acceptable pesticides and uniform standard for IPM implementation in schools.
Status: SEPA was filed as an ammendment to the Farm Bill by Sen. Robert Torricelli. The Senate, however, rejected the bill on December 19, 2001.
On April 18, 2002 public school code was ammended to address integrated pest management program implementation in schools and pesticide notification. See the PA IPM News Release IPM in Schools Now Law for a summary of the new legislation. Linksto the two bills are listed below.
Resources for PA Schools
As part of the PA IPM Program, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and The Pennsylvania State University Colleges of Agricultural Sciences and Education signed a memorandum of understanding to promote IPM implementation in schools. PA IPM drew on this partnership to develop this manual.
Includes: Notification Letter for Parents or Guardians, Pest Control Information Sheet, and Notice of Pesticide Application
Letter of explanation, copy of the legislation (Acts 35 and 36), Sample Pest Control Information Sheet, Sample Notice of Pesticide Application, and Sample Notification Letter for Parents
A packet of helpful information to aid schools in implementing an IPM plan according to new PA legislation. This packet was sent out to administrators across Pennsylvania from the PA IPM Program.
An IPM reminder to post around school grounds, created by the PA IPM Program.
Offers current news on school IPM and extensive information on implementing IPM in schools, web site supported by EPA, National IPM Network, and Univ. of Florida.
EPA has developed a unique software tool to help school districts evaluate and manage their school facilities for key environmental, safety and health issues. The new Healthy School Environments Assessment Tool (HealthySEAT) is designed to be customized and used by district-level staff to conduct completely voluntary self-assessments of their school (and other) facilities and to track and manage information on environmental conditions school by school.
This mouse causes damage to structures and supplies with its chewing, and contaminates food stores and classroom supplies. Mouse droppings and urine—which are continually excreted as they move about—are able to transmit several types of viruses, bacteria, and parasites to humans (even long after the mouse itself is gone), and can trigger asthma in indoor environments.
PA Schools IPM Manual
Revised 2007 Edition
In the six years since this manual was first published, legislation has been passed requiring each Pennsylvania school district, intermediate unit, and area vocational/technical school to develop an integrated pest management (IPM) plan (Act 35 of 2003), and to notify parents and guardians 72 hours prior to any pesticide applications and post warning signs 72 hours prior to and 48 hours after any pesticide applications in school buildings or on school grounds (Act 36 of 2002). Therefore, this edition has several important changes as well as some minor editorial revisions.
The PA IPM Program's School IPM Manual is available free as a PDF file. Direct links to pest information within the manual are listed below also. To view or print these files you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader software. To download a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader, follow the download directions on Adobe's web site.
To search for a keyword within the manual, click on the binoculars icon on the toolbar within Adobe Acrobat.
Ordering a hard copy
Others may obtain the manual from the Publications Distribution Center, Penn State University, 112 Agricultural Administration Bldg., University Park, PA 16802. The cost is $7.00 (includes shipping and handling). Call 1-877-345-0691(toll free) to order by phone. Order Form (PDF)
Universal Poison Control Number 1-800-222-1222
Click the link above to access the complete 144-page manual
Pests Found In and Around Schools
Pests Found In and Around Schools (cont'd.)
Biological Management of Cockroaches in Institutional Settings - Time 8hrs
Four video tapes (2hrs each) to train pest control operators and facility managers to set up and maintain integrated cockroach control programs in their institutions. Covers cockroach biology, parasite biology & release, trapping, baiting, hygiene, implementing IPM plans, etc.
Produced by Rincon-Vitova Insectaries, Inc. Ventura, CA
IPM in Schools: A Better Method - Time 12min.
Includes overview of Illinois laws, IPM basics and other resources, by Safer Pest Control Project, Illinois. (Not available for loan)
Pest Control in the School Environment: Adapting Integrated Pest Management - Time 90min.
A thorough discussion of pest management in specific areas around schools by a nationally recognized expert in the field.
ABC's of School IPM Series
1- An Introduction to IPM - Time 15min.
2 - Structural Pest Control - Time 22min.
3 - Food Handling Areas - Time 16min.
4 - Bids and Contracts - Time 17min.
5 - The Administrative Challenge - Time 17min.
6 - Landscape IPM - Time 32min.
This is an excellent series that gives anyone interested in implementing IPM in the school environment a thumbnail sketch of what IPM is and what it involves. These videos are highly recommended by school personnel who have viewed them, calling them an "excellent resource".
Produced by Texas A & M University System
IPM in Schools - Time 11min.
Produced by PDA and Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences
Discusses IPM implementation in Pennsylvania schools from the perspective of both the school administrator and the pest management professional.
Urban IPM Seminar with Dr. Ted Granovsky, B.C.E.
Produced by Granovsky Assoc., Inc.
This form will be sent directly via email to a PA IPM Program staff member who will respond to your request within 1-2 days. Unfortunately video requests are restricted to Continental US and Canada
Pest Fact Sheets
Pest Problem Solver - A collection of PSU links to insect, disease, and weed fact sheets listed by specific environments, from PA IPM Program.
Pests Found In and Around Schools - Chapter from "IPM for Pennsylvania Schools - A How-to Manual"; links to specific pest sheets on weeds, insects, rodents, turf for schools; from PA IPM Program.
Managing Rodents and Mosquitoes Through IPM - How to manage rodent and mosquito infestations, and the CDC's promotion of IPM and implementation examples. Web broadcast from the Centers for Disease Control.
Maine School IPM Fact Sheets - Scroll down to bottom of this linked page to find specific pests outlined; from Maine Dept. of Agriculture.
Minnesota - IPM Fact Sheets - Specific pest sheets on weeds, plant diseases, rodents, insects and more; from MN Dept. of Ag.
A 4-page brochure for schools, from Wisconsin Dept. of Ag Trade & Consumer Protection.