Marysville School District
IPM STAR Certified 2013-2015
September 16, 2013
Marysville School District has earned IPM STAR certification after passing a rigorous, 37-point inspection. IPM STAR evaluates school systems and childcare centers for Integrated Pest Management, or IPM, a common sense approach to solving pest problems with a minimum amount of pesticide use.
Marysville’s school IPM program was started in 2001 in response to the Washington State Posting and Notification Law. “Our motivation for developing and implementing an IPM program was focused around that fact that we serve students and staff at schools,” says facilities director John Bingham. “It required a change in mind set of what we did in the past and developing new written procedures and practices.”
Marysville has a detailed IPM policy, including a pesticide use policy that the facilities manager follows. The district measures its IPM success in the changes made in product types used, lower quantities used and a focus on prevention working with school staff. Staff use an ‘all eyes’ approach to IPM, including pest and sanitation monitoring, pest reporting and awareness training for staff. “As a result, we now have a pest management program with a much better system and safer procedures,” says Bingham.
Children are more vulnerable to pesticides than adults. Pound for pound, they consume more air, water and food, and have more contact with walls and floors where pesticide residue may build up. At Marysville, no pesticide applications are made when children are present and pesticide application notices are posted 48 hours in advance.
The IPM program serves Marysville’s 11,250 students and 1200 staff. The system includes 11 elementary schools, four middle schools and four high school, totaling 1.6 million square feet of buildings and 360 acres of property.
IPM STAR certification is presented by the IPM Institute of North America in partnership with the US Environmental Protection Agency Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program.