Healthy Schools Act

 

The Healthy Schools Act of 2000 established right-to-know procedures for pesticide use in California public schools, and mandated using least toxic pest management methods as state policy. As such, our Integrated Pest Management program requires that problems with pests such as weeds, rodents, or insects on District facilities be solved using the lowest risk methods.


The Healthy Schools Act (HSA 2000) requires that all public school districts must:

  • Provide annual written notification to all school staff, parents and guardians listing all pesticide products (some products are exempt) expected to be applied by district staff or outside contractors in the upcoming year, and the Internet address to DPR's School IPM Program Web site (www. schoolipm.info ).
 
  • Provide the opportunity for interested staff and parents to register with the school district if they want to be notified of individual pesticide applications at the school before they occur.
 
  • Post warning signs at each area of the school where pesticides will be applied, posted 24 hours in advance and until 72 hours after applications.
 
  • Maintain public records of all pesticide use at the school for 4 years.
 
  • Designate an IPM coordinator to carry out these requirements.
 
 
Preventing pests in the first place is the best pest management method. These pest management publications can help all of us do our part in managing pest issues.