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Series 3000 - Business & Non-Instructional Operations

3524.1 - 5. Non-Instructional Operations - E. Hazardous Materials in Schools - (a) Pesticide Application
Posted 06/01/2012 12:00AM


Series 3000 - Business and Non-Instructional Operations

5.   Non-Instructional Operations

E.  Hazardous Materials in Schools

(a) Pesticide Application

The intent of this policy is to ensure that students, employees and parents/guardians receive adequate notice, in conformity with applicable statutes, prior to pesticide application in school buildings and on school grounds.   Further, effective July 1, 2000, the District will only employ certified pesticide applications for any non-emergency pesticide use in school buildings or on school grounds.

The District shall:

  • Provide notice of planned pesticide application to students, parents/guardians and employees in the manner required by law.
  • Post the areas scheduled to receive pesticide application(s).
  • Maintain written records for five years of all pesticide applications.
  • Provide continuing instruction to those students who, based upon written medical request, find it necessary to absent themselves during the period of application.
  • Inform annually parents/guardians and staff of the District’s pest application/management policy.
  • Establish a registry of parents/guardians and staff who want to receive advance notice of all pesticide use and provide such notice as required by law.

Pest control applicators employed by the District shall provide the school contact person (School Facilities Maintenance Coordinator) with notice at least seventy-two (72) hours prior to the date and time the pesticide application is to occur, including in such notice the brand name, concentration, rate of application, pesticide label, material safety data sheet, list of the area or areas where the pesticide is to be applied and any use restrictions required by the pesticide label.  Prior to the application, the applicator shall provide the school contact person with a written pre- application notification containing the following information:

  • The brand name, rate of application and any use restrictions required by the label of the herbicide or specific pesticide.
  • The area or areas where the pesticide is to be applied.
  • The date and time the application is to occur.
  • The pesticide label and the material safety data sheet.

The case of pesticide applications performed for or by public health agencies or emergency applications because of immediate threat to the public health, the licensed applicator shall give the school site office oral and, if possible, written notice, with posting of the area to be treated.

The Superintendent or his/her designee may require the pest control applicator to make the required postings in accordance with all applicable statutes and with District policy and regulations.  The name and address of the applicator shall be a part of any posting.

Pesticide purchases shall be limited to amounts authorized by the Superintendent or his/her designee for use during the year.  Pesticides shall be stored in a secure site not accessible to students or unauthorized staff.    They shall be stored and disposed of in accordance with EPA registered label directions and applicable state statutes.

The Superintendent shall prepare and disseminate regulations for the implementation of this policy.

Legal Reference:

Connecticut General Statutes
22a-46. Short title:  Connecticut Pesticide Control Act
22a-54. Pesticide applicators, certification, classification, notice, fees, Reciprocity; financial responsibility; aircraft, tree, public employee applicators.
22a-58. Records to be kept by distributors and applicators.
23-61a. Definitions.  Tree protection examining Board within Department of Consumer Protection.  Regulations.
23-61b. Licensing for arboriculture; examination; fees; renewal; supervision, revocation.  Nonresidents.  Records.   Pesticides.
Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) 7 U.S. Code 136 et seq.
PA 99-165 An Act Concerning Notice of Pesticide Applications at Schools and Day Care Centers.


Policy adopted: June 20, 2000 SUFFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS



Suffield, Connecticut

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