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INFORMATIONAL LETTER: 1
POLICY CODE: ECB
TO: Superintendents of Schools
FROM: Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner, Department of Education
DATE: July 8, 2003
SUBJECT: New Standards For Pesticide Applications And Public Notification In Schools
A new State regulation that affects all Maine K-12 schools was recently adopted by the Maine Board of Pesticides Control (BPC). This regulation requires schools to adopt and implement a written policy for the application of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques in school buildings and outdoors on school grounds. The policy also covers how each school will notify staff, parents and guardians prior to pesticide applications. Schools are required to appoint an Integrated Pest Management Coordinator to maintain the school’s Integrated Pest Management policy. To download a copy of this new regulation go to http://www.maine.gov/agriculture/pesticides/schoolipm/Ch27SchoolIPMRule9-17-02.doc for the MS-Word version or go to http://www.maine.gov/agriculture/pesticides/Ch27SchoolIPMRule.PDF for the Adobe Acrobat version.
This new regulation sets standards for pest management in schools, including IPM techniques and, when warranted, how pesticide applications should be conducted and recorded.
By practicing IPM, schools will gain more lasting control of weed, insect, mold and rodent problems while reducing pesticide use. In the long run, IPM usually results in reduced pest management costs and an improved indoor and outdoor environment for students and staff.
The BPC has developed a model IPM policy statement and two suggested notification templates. These guidance documents may be downloaded from the school IPM web site at http://www.maine.gov/agriculture/pesticides/schoolipm/ The Board of Pesticides Control and the Department of Agriculture, Food & Rural Resources can provide additional resources to help schools comply with this new law.
If you have questions regarding this regulation, call Gary Fish, Certification Specialist for the Board of Pesticides Control, at 207-287-2731, email email@example.com or go to the Maine School IPM web site at http://www.maine.gov/agriculture/pesticides/schoolipm/