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Integrated Pest Management Notification

The Eastern Lancaster County School District uses an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach for managing insects, rodents, and weeds. Our goal is to protect every student from pesticide exposure by using an IPM approach to pest management. Our IPM approach focuses on making the school building and grounds an unfavorable habitat for these pests by removing food and water sources and eliminating their hiding and breeding places. We accomplish this through routine cleaning and maintenance. We routinely monitor the school building and grounds to detect any pests that are present. The pest monitoring team consists of our building maintenance, office, and teaching staff and also includes our students. Pest sightings are reported to our IPM Coordinator, who evaluates the "pest problem" and determines the appropriate pest management techniques to address the problem. The techniques can include increasing sanitation, modifying storage practices, sealing entry points, physically removing the pest, etc.

From time to time, it may be necessary to use chemicals to manage a pest problem. Chemicals will only be used when necessary and will not be routinely applied. When chemicals are used, the school will try to use the least toxic product when possible. (Applications will be made only after normal school hours.) Notices will be posted in these areas 72 hours prior to application and for two days following the application.

Parents or guardians of students enrolled in the school may request prior notification of specific pesticide application made at the school. To receive notification, you must be placed on the school notification registry. If you would like to be placed on the registry, please notify the District in writing to the attention of Mr. Lars White at 669 E. Main St., PO Box 609, New Holland, PA 17557. Please include your e-mail address if you would like to be notified electronically or a telephone number where you can be reached between the hours of 8:00a and 4:00p.

If a chemical application must be made to control an emergency pest problem (e.g. stinging insects), notice will be provided by telephone to any parent or guardian who has requested such notification in writing. Exemptions to this notification include disinfectant and antimicrobial products; self-contained baits placed in area not accessible to students; and the process of getting bait placed in cracks, crevices, or voids.

Each year the District will prepare a new notification registry.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Lars White, Director of Facilities, at (717) 354 -1596.