SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 158
October 10, 1997
|FROM:||Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Integrated Pest Management (IPM)|
This past July and August, four regional workshops were held to discuss a voluntary program and to assist you in writing an Integrated Pest Management Plan for Schools. A total of 77 individuals, representing 47 school divisions, attended the workshops. Responses to these workshops indicated that the information presented was both needed and useful. One of the most needed bits of information provided was the requirement for pesticide applicator certification for anyone using pesticides at a school. Under the Virginia Pesticide Control Act, any person who uses or supervises the use of pesticides on any area open to the general public at an educational institution or within any area where food is processed or stored must be certified as a pesticide applicator. The use of pesticides includes the use of any insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, or rodenticide regardless of whether the product is formulated as a liquid, fog, gel, or stationary baits for pest control. Persons using or supervising the use of these pesticides must be certified as either a commercial pesticide applicator not-for hire or as a registered technician working under the supervision of a certified commercial pesticide applicator. If you have any questions or require additional information on how to become a certified pesticide applicator in the Commonwealth of Virginia, please contact Ms. Sherry Christman, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Office of Pesticide Services, in Richmond, by phone at (804) 786-1025 or by fax at (804) 786-9149. Additional useful information is attached that provides assistance in writing a voluntary posting and notification plan that should be part of an overall IPM Plan as discussed in the workshops. Information being developed for future distribution and workshops includes the following: 1. More detailed information of pest identification, pest biology, and methods for pest control which can be incorporated into an integrated pest management program. 2. Information on writing a Request for Proposal to ensure pest control services being contracted include an effective integrated pest management program. 3. Training for school administrators, teachers, and nursing staff to educate them on pest control and integrated pest management strategies. 4. Pesticide applicator certification training for school staff. 5. Development of a handbook on the pesticide applicator certification process. If you need further assistance for writing a plan, writing a Request for Proposal for pest control services, or other training, please contact Dr. Donald R. Delorme, Environmental Program Analyst, at the Office of Pesticide Services, at (804) 371-0152. If you have general questions on the voluntary program, please call David Boddy, Director, Facilities Services at (804) 225-2035. RTL/aam Enclosure: A hard copy of this memo and its enclosure will be sent to the superintendent's office.