Priorities of the North Central Region School IPM Working Group

Priorities are defined by the Working Group and are regularly updated and ranked to focus our work towards every school in the region to be practicing high-level IPM.

Last updated: April 2017

Management

  1. Coordination among those in the region (government, NGO, academic groups and individuals) with school IPM responsibilities to implement Stop School Pests.
  2. Maintain sustainable coalitions in every state between relevant actors (state lead agency, non-profits, university personnel) to assure that they are informed on school IPM efforts.
  3. Increase recognition/awareness of IPM in north central states by distributing and promoting existing resources (such as ISchoolPestManager).
  4. Define what realistic goals for high level IPM in schools look like in each state as a baseline. Record accomplishments, evaluation results and milestones to gather data towards the baseline for high level IPM in schools.
  5. Develop information tailored to Pest Management Providers that makes the business case for IPM as a viable service.
  6. Align or incorporate IPM with other practices to maintain healthy learning environments.

Regulatory

  1. Mandate IPM training or license for all Pest Management Professionals who service schools.
  2. Follow State Department of Education, health and safety regulations and policies that call for IPM.
  3. School Environment Protection Act – continuously collaborate with National Pest Management Association and Beyond Pesticides to educate congress and policy –makers at district and state levels.
  4. Identify regulators in each state responsible for pest management in schools and make them aware of existing resources such as Stop School Pests and ISchool Pest manager.
  5. Enforcement of and compliance assistance for existing laws, rules and regulations.

Education

  1. Provide advanced IPM training for in-school IPM coordinators.
  2. Promote IPM in conjunction with other environmental improvements.
  3. Provide advanced IPM training for Pest Management Professionals.
  4. Provide content to blogs and relevant publications to educate the general public about IPM.
  5. Implement Stop School Pests in the region.

Research

  1. Collect data on School IPM adoption costs and benefits.
  2. Evaluate health hazards of pests and pesticides.
  3. Identify practices that ensure that IPM remains a priority in facility operation and maintenance.
  4. Top priority should be to research effectiveness of Stop School Pests training on improving IPM practices and outcomes in school districts.
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