Facilities, Planning and Construction
Integrated Pest Management
The Placer County Office of Education (PCOE) has implemented Integrated Pest Management (IPM) as a process to achieve long-term, environmentally sound pest management through the use of various strategies including structural and procedural improvements to reduce food, shelter, water and access used by pests. IPM manages pests while taking human health and the environment into full account. The primary focus is prevention.
Pesticides are only used when absolutely necessary, or when non-chemical measures alone were unsuccessful. Non-HSA pesticides will always be evaluated for use before considering the use of regulated pesticides.
As of January 1, 2007, the Healthy Schools Act HSA (as amended by Assembly Bill 2865, Chapter 865, Statutes of 2006) requires public schools and child day care centers to notify parents, guardian, and employees about pesticides used in their schools and day care centers. The law also requires the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) to promote the voluntary adoption of integrated pest management (IPM) practices in California schools, child day care centers, and family day care homes. The Placer County Office of Education (PCOE) has implemented the following requirements of the law:
- Annual notification. PCOE shall provide notification of all pesticide products (except those that are exempt ¹) the school district expects will be applied in the upcoming year to parents or guardians of children who attend the school. These products include over‐the‐counter pesticides available at retail outlets, as well as those that are applied by licensed pest control businesses. The notification will list the active ingredient(s) in each pesticide product and the Department of Pesticide Regulation’s (DPR) School IPM Web site (http://apps.cdpr.ca.gov/schoolipm/), which provides additional information.
- Registry. PCOE shall provide the opportunity for interested staff and parents or guardians to register with the school district if they want to be notified about individual pesticide applications before they occur.
- Warning signs. PCOE shall post warning signs at each of the sites where pesticides will be applied. These signs are posted 24 hours before and 72 hours after applications and should be sufficient, in the district’s opinion, to restrict uninformed access to treated areas.
- Recordkeeping. PCOE shall maintain records of all pesticide use at the site for four years and make the records available to the public upon request. The Placer County Office of Education implemented Integrated Pest anagement as a process to achieve long-term, environmentally sound pest management through the use of various strategies including structural and procedural improvements to reduce food, shelter, water and access used by pests. IPM manages pests, taking human health and the environment into full account. The primary focus is prevention. Pesticides are only used when absolutely necessary, or when non‐chemical measures alone were unsuccessful. Non‐HSA pesticides¹ (Exempted from Regulation) will always be evaluated for use before considering the use of regulated pesticides. For more information, contact the Placer County Office of Education Maintenance Department at 916‐415‐4442.
¹ The exemption applies to a pesticide product deployed in the form of a self‐contained bait or trap, to gel or paste deployed as a crack and crevice treatment, to any pesticide exempted from regulation by the United States Environmental Protection Agency pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (7 U.S.C. Sec. 136 et seq.), or to antimicrobial pesticides, including sanitizers and disinfectants. For more information on pesticides exempted under the Healthy Schools Act, visit DPR’s School IPM Web site, HSA Exempt Products Flowchart, PDF.
PCOE Annual Notification of Planned Pesticide Use
PCOE Integrated Pest Management Plan
PCOE Request for Individual Pesticide Application Notification