Healthy Schools Act Notice
Site Designee: Jennifer Rice
General Information about pesticide: www.cdpr.ca.gov
Plan of use: We do not plan/expect to use any pesticides for pest management under the Healthy Schools Act. We disinfect throughout the day using safer alternatives to bleach and other chemicals: Odoban.
Training: All teachers trained in Basic Pest Management in the School & Child Care Settings.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
We manage pests with a commonsense IPM system to reduce pests naturally by:
- keeping things clean, sanitary & unappealing to pests
- sealing all food
- minimizing standing water
- removing clutter & cardboard boxes
- controlling pest entry points
- removing pests with microfiber cloths, paper towels, disinfectants or non pesticide sprays or solutions.
- using inaccessible, safe, self contained bait traps when necessary
Only when all other precautions and plans fail, when absolutely necessary, as a last resort, Halsey Schools will have a professional company spray a natural pesticide called essentria IC3. In rare cases, if it is used, it will usually only be applied outside during a weekend.
Essentria IC3 is composed of rosemary oil, peppermint oil and geraniol (found in rose oil, palmarosa oil, and citronella oil). Essentria IC3 is a Minimum-Risk pest control product, and qualifies for exemption from EPA registration under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). And therefore does not fall under the Healthy Schools Act. Reporting and notice of spraying is not required. Read more about Exempt Pesticides here. Pesticides in the form of a self-contained bait or trap, or a gel/paste put into cracks or crevices, are exempt. As are all sanitizers and disinfectants. Those that do not need to be registered by the United States EPA (like mint oil) are also exempt. Reporting and notice of spraying is not required. Read more about Exempt Pesticides here. Material Safety Data Sheet: essentria IC3
Register for pesticide application notification
Parents/guardians can register with the school to receive notification of individual pesticide applications. Persons who register for this notification shall be notified at least seventy-two (72) hours prior to the application, except in emergencies, and will be provided the name and active ingredient(s) of the pesticide as well as the intended date of application. Parents/guardians seeking access to information on pesticides and pesticide use reduction developed by the Department of Pesticide Regulation pursuant to California Food and Agricultural Code 13184, can do so by accessing the Department’s website at www.cdpr.ca.gov. Sign-up for Pesticide Use Notification IF we use pesticides required to be registered with the EPA. We do not plan to and have not used any in the past. This is just in case. We use lysol daily. And may use bleach periodically.
- Online signup: https://www.remind.com/join/pesticides
- Text Signup: @pesticides to 81010 or 512-982-9350