The California Healthy Schools Act (HSA) was enacted in 2000. It is a right-to-know law that provides parents and staff with information about pesticide use taking place at public schools and child care centers (except family day care homes). The law encourages the adoption of effective, lower risk pest management practices, also known as integrated pest management (IPM). The goals of the HSA are to address the health and environmental concerns associated with the use of pesticides at schools and child care centers and to assure healthy learning environments for California children. The Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) is charged with carrying out the HSA.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an approach to pest management that focuses on long term pest prevention and takes advantage of all pest management strategies using pesticides only when absolutely necessary. Using IPM techniques saves money, time, and minimizes potential pesticide exposure to people and the environment!
A pesticide is any substance or mixture of substances intended to prevent, destroy, repel, or mitigate any pest. Disinfectants, insecticides, herbicides, sanitizers, fungicides, and repellents are all considered to be pesticides.
It is the goal of Del Mar Union School District to implement Integrated Pest Management by focusing on long-term prevention or suppression of pests through accurate pest identification, by frequent monitoring for pest presence, by applying appropriate action levels, and by making the habitat less conducive to pests using sanitation, mechanical, and physical controls. Pesticides that are effective will be used in a manner that minimizes risks to people, property, and the environment, and only after other options have been shown ineffective.
Because the health and safety of our students and staff is our first priority, our objective is to focus on long-term pest prevention, while maintaining a safe environment for children and staff.
• DMUSD IPM Plan Integrated Pest Management Plan
• Healthy Schools Act Fact Sheet http://www.cdpr.ca.gov/docs/pestmgt/pubs/hsa_factsheet.pdf
• California Department of Pesticide Regulation http://apps.cdpr.ca.gov/schoolipm