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Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for Schools: Case Studies
Table of Contents
Background and Overview
Reasons for Change
Barriers to Change
Case Studies
Environmental Regulations
P2 Opportunities
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Administrator Information, School IPM
Administrator Information includes sample policy statements, organization directories, sample...

Developing an IPM Policy Statement for Your School District
A first step in developing your integrated pest management (IPM) program is drafting an IPM policy. ...

Safer Schools: Achieving a Healthy Learning Environment Through Integrated Pest Management
Table of Contents for this 60-page PDF includes an Introduction, Children's Exposure to Toxic Pestic...

Where There's A Will, There's A Way
Printed in 1994, this seven-page article addresses cases studies and issues from around the country ...

William Blackstone Elementary School Case Study
Teachers and staff participated in the IAQ (indoor air quality) process by completing the Tools for ...

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These stories offer real-world examples of how IPM plans not only save money, but improve the learning environment for students and working environment of staff. Case studies and success stories offer valuable insight into the process from implementation of the planning process to the process of becoming certified.

Integrating IPM in schools is a multi-step process that begins with involvement of all staff (administration, maintenance, teachers), parents, students, and occasionally the school board. Models for plans can be obtained but basically include in some form the following steps:

  • Recognize a need. (The impetus can come from various sources including state regulations, health concerns, recognition of pesticide overuse, or increased awareness of the benefits of IPM.)
  • Develop a policy. (An action threshold must be included.)
  • Designate an IPM coordinator for the school. (Training for the coordinator must be provided.)
  • Perform an inspection of the facilities.
  • Implement appropriate least-impact measures for any discovered problems. (Depending upon the magnitude of the problem, this may include working with a pest management professional.)
  • Initiate an ongoing monitoring program.
  • Communicate regularly with staff and teachers.
  • Reassess the program, results, and process regularly.

In addition to success stories and case studies, opportunities for educational resources and certification programs are identified. To see all resources identified for this section of the topic hub, click on "More Links" from the bottom of the list on the right side of your screen. These links include success stories, case studies, educational resources, and certification programs.


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Hub Last Updated: 5/2/2009