Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

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    Annual Integrated Pest Management Notice

    For School Year 2021-2022

     

    To Parents, Guardians, or Staff Members 

    This notice is being distributed to comply with the New Jersey School Integrated Pest Management Act. Readington Township Board of Education has adopted an Integrated Pest Management (IPM ) Policy and has implemented an IPM Plan to comply with this law. IPM is a holistic, preventive approach to managing pests is explained further in the school's IPM Policy included with this notice

    All Schools in New Jersey are required to have an Integrated Pest Management Coordinator (IPM Coordinator) to oversee all activities related to IPM and pesticide use at the schools.

    The IPM Coordinator for the Readington Township School District is:

    Donald Race, CEFM
    Facilities Manager 
    908-534-2859
    drace@readington.k12.nj.us 

    The IPM Coordinator maintains the pesticide product label, and the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) (when one is available), of each pesticide product that may be used on school property. The label and the SDS are available for review by a parent, guardian, staff member, or student attending the school. Also, the IPM Coordinator is available to parents, guardians, and staff members for information and to discuss comments about IPM activities and pesticide use at the school.

    As part of the school pest management plan, Readington Township Schools may use pesticides to control pests. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) register pesticides to determine that the use of a pesticide in accordance with instructions printed on the label does not pose an unreasonable risk to human health and the environment. Nevertheless, the EPA and the DEP cannot guarantee that registered pesticides do not pose any risk to human health, thus unnecessary exposure to pesticides should be avoided. The EPA has issued the statement that where possible, persons who are potentially sensitive, such as pregnant women, infants, and children, should avoid unnecessary pesticide exposure.

    District IPM Policy: 7422 School Integrated Pest Management Plan

    At this time there are no meetings planned for the purpose of adopting or modifying the school pest management policy or plan.

    Pesticides are periodically being used at the district four school locations:

    • Advance Dual Choice 360A (0.011% Abamectin B1), EPA Registration #499-496
    • Advion Ant Gel Bait (0.05% Indoxacarb), EPA Registration #352-746, 100-1498
    • TEMPO 1% Dust Insecticide (1% Cyfluthrin) EPA Registration #432-1373
     
    Readington Middle School, 48 Readington Road, Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889
    Holland Brook School, 52 Readington Road, Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889
    Whitehouse School, 50 Whitehouse Ave, Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889
    Three Bridges School, 480 Main St. Three Bridges, NJ 08887