The online course, Providing IPM Services in Schools and Child Care Settings, was updated to meet the training requirement of the Healthy Schools Act that went into effect July 1, 2016. It requires teachers, custodians, administrators, other staff or volunteers, and licensed pest management professionals applying any pesticide (including disinfectants and antimicrobials) at a school site to take a California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) approved training course covering school integrated pest management (IPM) annually.
Prior to July 1, schools were already required to do the following:
Some pesticide products are exempt from the IPM plan, notification, posting, recordkeeping, and reporting requirements of the HSA at school sites. These are reduced-risk pesticide products, and their use is encouraged at schools if pesticides are deemed necessary. These include:
However, these products are NOT exempt from the Healthy Schools Act annual training requirement that went into effect July 1. Anyone who uses these products—a licensed professional, school staff or child care staff—is still required to take the HSA annual training course.
Continuing education units are available (1.0 hour Other and 1.0 hour Pesticide Laws & Regulations from DPR; 1.0 hour Rules and Regulations and 1.0 hour IPM from the California Structural Pest Control Board). Providing IPM Services in Schools and Child Care Settings provides information on the HSA, using IPM services to manage pests in schools and child care centers, and practical ways to use IPM in business while complying with the HSA.