Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Massachusetts Urges Parents to Ask About School IPM

As the new school year approaches, the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) is urging parents to ask whether their child's school or daycare facility it has a current School Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plan for safe pesticide use.

"At home and in the classroom, parents are the first line of defense in protecting their children against pesticide exposure," said DAR Commissioner Scott Soares. "Maintaining a school or day care IPM plan is not only required by law, but it is also crucial to insure children's safety."

According to DAR’s Division of Crop and Pest Services, the vast majority of schools and daycare facilities have filed IPM plans with DAR, but roughly 200 schools and 400 day care facilities are not in compliance with the state IPM law [Full Article].

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