New Jersey School Integrated Pest Management Act
This notice is being distributed to comply with the New Jersey Integrated Pest Management Act. The Caldwell-West Caldwell School District has adopted an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Policy and has implemented an IPM Plan to comply with this law. IPM is a holistic, preventative approach to managing pests that is explained further in the school's IPM Policy included in this notice.
All schools in New Jersey are required to have an IPM Coordinator to oversee all activities related to IPM and pesticide use at the school. The IPM coordinator maintains the pesticide product label and the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) when available of each pesticide product that may be used on school property. The label and the MSDS are available for review by parents, guardians, staff members and students attending the school. Also, the IPM coordinator is available to all 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 Caldwell-West Caldwell 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 pesticide in accordance with instructions printed on the label does not pose any unreasonable risk to human health and the environment. Nevertheless, the EPA and DEP cannot guarantee that registered pesticides do not pose any 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 a pregnant women, infants and children should avoid unnecessary pesticide exposure.
The IPM Coordinator for the Caldwell-West Caldwell School District is Frank Ennis, 104 Gray Street, West Caldwell, NJ 07006; 973-228-1724.