• Notification Letter for Parents and Guardians

    The New Hope-Solebury School District uses and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach for managing insects, rodents, and weeds. Our goal in using this approach to pest management is to protect every student from pesticide exposure. Our IPM approach focuses on making the school building and grounds and unfavorable habitat for pests by removing food and water sources and eliminating their hiding and breeding places. We accomplish this through routine cleaning and maintenance. We routinely monitor the school building and grounds to detect any pests that are present. The pest monitoring team consists of building maintenance, office, and teaching staff and includes our students. Pest sightings are reported to our IPM coordinator, who evaluates the ‘pest problem’ and determines the appropriate pest management techniques to address the problem. The techniques can include increased sanitation, modifying storage practices, sealing entry points, physically removing the pest etc.

    From time to time it may be necessary to use pesticide registered by the Environmental Protection Agency to manage a pest problem. A pesticide will only be used when necessary, and will not be routinely applied. When a pesticide application is necessary, the school will try to use the least toxic product that is effective. Applications will be made only when unauthorized persons do not have access to the area(s) being treated. Notices will be posted in these areas 72 hours prior to application and for two days following the application.

    Parents or guardians of students enrolled in the school may request prior notification of specific pesticide applications being made at the school. To receive notification, you must be places on the school’s notification registry. If you would like to be placed on this registry, please notify the district in writing. Please include your email address if you would like to be notified electronically.

    If the pesticide application must be made to control and emergency pest problem, notice will be provided by telephone to any parent or guardian who has requested such notification in writing. Exemptions to this notification include disinfectants, and antimicrobial products; self-containerized baits placed in areas not accessible to students; gel-type baits placed in cracks, crevices or voids; and swimming pool maintenance chemicals.

    Each year the district will provide a new notification registry.

    If you have any questions, please contact Dave Hansel Director of Operations at 215-862-5372 extension 6139 or email at dhansel@nhsd.org.

    Sincerely,

    Dave Hansel
    Director of Operations
    July 2012