Model Pesticide Notices

The Minnesota Legislature passed a law called the Parents Right To Know Act of 2000 (MN Statutes: 121A.30). This law requires public and non-public K-12 schools, that plan to apply pesticides specified in the law, to provide notices to parents and employees. This law also requires the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to develop and make available model notices for schools to use, if they choose to do so.

Schools are required to provide notification only if they apply the pesticides specified in the law. These pesticides are (1) toxicity categories I, II, and III pesticides, which are classified by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and (2) restricted use pesticides, defined by federal law. (To determine the toxicity category of a specific pesticide product, refer to the Minnesota Department of Education Pesticide Information website. You will need to enter either the product's name or US EPA registration number from the product label. For a definition of what is meant by these categories or more information about the law, refer to the memorandum below).

Integrated Pest Management

The law also states that schools are not required to adopt an integrated pest management (IPM) plan (PDF: 223KB/22 pages); however, schools that do adopt a plan are required to follow the description outlined in the law (Article 7, Section 1, Subdivision 8). The MDH encourages schools to use IPM as a strategy to prevent pest problems and to reduce pesticide use. For information about IPM and alternatives to pesticides, contact Jeanne Ciborowski, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, 651-297-3217 or link to School IPM at the University of Minnesota Extension Service web site.

Emergency Pesticide Applications

In many cases, schools may prevent emergency pesticide applications by implementing IPM practices. The MDH encourages schools to use IPM practices to reduce pesticide use. At the same time, the MDH recognizes that there may be emergency situations which require schools to take immediate action to control pests. For example, bees and wasps have the potential to cause a life-threatening allergic reaction (e.g., anaphylactic shock) in some children. Other pests may pose immediate health concerns, depending on individual factors and conditions in schools. While emergency situations are rare, the MDH considers it prudent policy for schools to be able to respond to an immediate health threat in a timely manner. Therefore, a school principal or other person having general control and supervision of the school may take immediate action without prior notification if the situation constitutes an emergency. The MDH defines an emergency as a situation which poses an immediate threat to the health and safety of people on school property.

Memorandum and Model Notices

General Notice for Parents or Guardians (Model Notice #1)

Individual Notice for Parents or Guardians (Model Notice #2)

General Notice for School Employees (Model Notice #3)

Contact

For questions about the notices, please see: Pesticide Contacts

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Updated Monday, 10-Oct-2011 08:38:56 CDT