• IPM Letter

    Meyersdale Area School District

     

    In April of 2002, the Governor signed into law a bill that mandates all 501 school districts in the state to adopt and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plan. At Meyersdale Area School District we have used this approach for several years in anticipation of this law.  Our IPM approach focuses on making the school buildings 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 continually monitor the school buildings and grounds to detect any pests that are present.

    From time to time, it may be necessary to use chemicals to manage a pest problem especially in the area of the athletic fields to control weeds and the cafeteria kitchens to assure the continued sanitation of the kitchens.  When chemicals are used the school will try to use the least toxic products available as we have done in the past.

    Parents or Guardians of students enrolled in the school may request prior notification of specific pesticide applications made at the school.  To receive notification, you must be placed on the school’s notification registry.  If you would like to be placed on the registry, please notify the district in writing.  Please include the following:

    Name of the Parent or Guardian to be notified

    Name of Student

    Address

    Phone Number

     

    If a chemical application must be made to control an emergency pest problem, notice will be provided by telephone to any parent or guardian who has requested such in writing.

     

    Each year the district will prepare a new notification registry.  Please submit a letter each year to be included on the registry.

     

    If you have any questions, please contact:                Dan Johnson

                                                                                        Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds

                                                                                        IPM Coordinator

                                                                                        (814)634-8311 Ext. 340

                                                                                        djohnson@masd.net

    Sincerely,

     

    Dr. Tracey Karlie

    Superintendent

     

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