Integrated Pest Management ( IPM ) Notification
Parents, Students, Faculty and Staff of Alvin Independent School District
As required by law, Alvin I.S.D. is providing notification that the district periodically applies pesticides at our school facilities. Signs will be posted to meet the requirements of the Texas Department of Agriculture’s (TDA) Structural Pest Control Service (SPCS). Postings will be placed that indicate scheduled treatments and prior to any additional pesticide applications. Information regarding the times and type of pesticide applications made, may be obtained from the district’s Integrated Pest Management Coordinator:
What is Integrated Pest Management?
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a pest control method that uses alternatives to scheduled spraying of pesticides. Alvin I.S.D.has adopted an IPM program to reduce the use of chemicals and provide economical and effective pest suppression. It promotes reduced dependence on pesticides in school buildings and landscapes and the use of alternative methods for managing pests commonly found in schools.
The District’s Policy
It is the intent of Alvin I.S.D. to comply with the current Texas Structural Pest Control Service standards. The School Board has adopted a Pest Management Policy Statement which is based on generally accepted procedures for IPM, as defined by the Environmental Protection Agency, including:
· Strategies that are compatible with human health and environmental protection;
· Proper identification of pest problems;
· Monitoring programs to determine when pests are present and when corrective actions are justified
· Using non-chemical management strategies; and
· Using the least toxic chemical controls when pesticides are necessary.
The Student’s Role
The most important responsibility of the student is sanitation. Much of the prevention and reduction of pests at the school site depends on whether or not students clean up food leftovers, food in lockers, gum under desks, and paper clutter, etc. In addition, because students may observe the presence of pests, they should report any evidence of pests to their teachers. The more the students help, the better we can avoid the use of pesticides at our school sites.
The Parent’s Role
The parents’ first responsibility is to learn about IPM practices and follow them at home so that pests are not carried to school in notebooks, lunch boxes, clothing, or in children's hair. Second, parents should be aware of the current pest management practices in their children’s schools. Our schools welcome questions from parents.