The Northvale Public School District is compliant with theNew Jersey School Integrated Pest Management Act.
The Northvale Public School District has adopted an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Policyand has implemented an IPM Plan to comply with this law.IPM is a holistic, preventive approach to managing pests that is explained
further in the school's IPM Policy.
All schools in New Jersey are required to have an Integrated Pest Management Coordinator (IPM Coordinator) to oversee all activitiesrelated to IPM and pesticide use at the school.
The IPM Coordinator for the Northvale Public School is:
Mr. Anthony Coppola, Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds
The IPM Coordinator maintains the pesticide product label, and the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)(when one is available), of each pesticide product that may be used on school property. The label and the MSDS are available for review by a parent, guardian, staff member, or student attending the school. Also, the IPM Coordinator is available to parents, guardians, and staff members for information and to discuss comments about IPM activities and pesticide use at the school.
As part of a school pest management plan, The Northvale Public School District may use pesticides to control pests. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) register pesticides to determine that the use of a pesticide in accordance with instructions printed on the label does not pose an unreasonable risk to human health and the environment. Nevertheless, the EPA and the DEP cannot guarantee that registered pesticides do not pose and risk to human health, thus unnecessary exposure to pesticides should be avoided. The EPA has issued the statement that where possible, persons who are potentially sensitive, such as pregnant woman, infants and children, should avoid unnecessary pesticide exposure.
A pesticide will only be used when necessary, and will not be routinely applied. When a pesticide is necessary, the school will try to use the least toxic product that is effective. Applications will be made only when persons other than the Pest Management Professional will not be occupying the area(s) being treated. Notices will be posted in these areas 72 hours prior and will remain posted 72 hours after the pesticide application.
Also, a notice will be effectuated to all parties as required by the School IPM Act (parents, guardians, faculty, etc.) 72 hours prior to the application. The only exception will be when a pest problem is considered emergent; than notification will be effectuated 24 hours prior to the pesticide application.
An IPM information binder has been placed in the main office at each school location, which includes all the necessary reporting forms and Material Safety Data Sheets ("MSDS") for all pesticides that have and/or may be used throughout the year.
If you have any questions, please contact the IPM Coordinator.