The Cape Elizabeth School Department utilizes Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques in an effort to reduce reliance on pesticides in school buildings and on school grounds. When possible, non-pesticide options will be used to manage pests. When it is determined that a pesticide must be used, the least hazardous material and method of application will be chosen and applications will be timed to minimize the impact on staff, students and other users of school facilities.
The Superintendent shall appoint an IPM Coordinator who is responsible for developing and implementing the school unit’s IPM plan and procedures; ensuring that the schools comply with all public notice requirements concerning pesticide applications; and maintaining required records.
The school unit will provide all public notices required by state regulations, including the following:
- School staff and parents/legal guardians will be notified within two weeks of the start of the school year that the school unit has an IPM policy and where it may be reviewed; that pesticides may periodically be applied in schools and on school grounds; and that required notices will be provided prior to pesticide applications. The notice will also advise staff and parents/legal guardians where they may review a report of prior pesticide applications, information about the pesticides used and a copy of the state pesticides in schools regulations.
- School staff and parents/legal guardians shall be notified five days before pesticide applications not exempted by state regulations are performed in school buildings or on school grounds.
- Whenever pesticide applications not exempted by state regulations are performed in a school building or on school grounds, signs shall be posted at each access point to the treated area and in a common area of the school two working days before and for 48 hours after an application.
The IPM Coordinator shall maintain required records of pesticide applications for two years.
Legal References: CMR 01-26 Chapter 27 – Standards for Pesticide Applications and Public Notification in Schools
7 M.R.S.A. §§ 601-625
22 M.R.S.A. §§ 1471-A-X
ADOPTED: June 10, 2003
REVISED: April 10, 2007
August 28, 2012