PEST MANAGEMENT POLICY

The Leicester Public Schools is committed to providing a safe and properly maintained environment for all staff, students, and visitors. To achieve this end, the School District will implement integrated pest management procedures for its buildings and grounds. The integrated pest management procedures shall include implementation of appropriate prevention and control strategies, notification of certain pesticide and herbicide uses, record keeping, education, and evaluation. Integrated pest management procedures will determine when to control pests and what method of control to use. Strategies for managing pest populations will be influenced by the pest species, location, and whether and at what population level its presence poses a threat to people, property, or the environment. The full range of action alternatives, including no action, will always be considered.
1. Overview and Goals:
  1. The Leicester Public Schools shall develop and implement an integrated pest management program
  2. An integrated pest management program is a pest control approach that emphasizes, using a balanced combination of tactics (cultural, mechanical, biological, chemical), to reduce pests to a tolerable level while using pesticides and herbicides as a last resort to minimize health, environmental and economic risks
  3. Pesticides and herbicides will be used only as a last resort based on a review of all other available options
  4. The integrated pest management program shall strive to:
  • Reduce any potential human health hazard
  • Reduce loss or damage to school structures or property
  • Minimize the risk of pests from spreading in the community
  • Enhance the quality of facility use for school and community
  • Minimize health, environmental and economic risks
  1. Restrictions on Use of Pesticides and Herbicides:
When pesticides or herbicides are used, they must be classified as an EPA Category III or IV. Application of any pesticide or herbicide may be performed only by certified applicators.

Adopted: Prior to 2013