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School IPM Roundtable meeting creates linkages, resources

by Janet Hurley, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

On May 25, 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) convened 29 representatives of 17 national school, health and pest management associations and federal government agencies in Washington, DC to discuss ideas for implementing a set of principles promoting the adoption of IPM practices in the nation’s schools. A meeting summary documents the event, captures key discussion and presentation points, and provides links to resources referenced. A blog by EPA Assistant Administrator Jim Jones, Endorsing a Path to Healthier Schools, provides context for the event and highlights its importance to the school community.

The 2016 School IPM Roundtable brought together disparate groups to pursue a voluntary enterprise that addresses pest problems proactively and reduces unnecessary exposure to pesticides.  These organizations provided their endorsement of a Principles of Agreement on school IPM.  They also committed to disseminate the endorsement, along with information on resources available to support school IPM implementation, to their members and associates. The event included an exchange of ideas on how the participants could track implementation of school IPM as a result of the endorsement.

Information on the 2016 School IPM Roundtable is available online:

Overview – https://www.epa.gov/managing-pests-schools/roundtable-school-integrated-pest-management

Principles document – https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-09/documents/roundtable_principles_updated_partner_logos_9.16.16.pdf

Meeting summary – https://www.epa.gov/managing-pests-schools/school-ipm-rountable-meeting-summary

EPA has created a landing page “Managing Pests in Schools” on this page you can find more information about the Roundtable meeting but more importantly here is a couple of documents you can use.

School IPM Program Bid and Contract Guidance document was developed to help offer guidance to IPM coordinators and school administrators on how to bid for IPM services and overcome low bid: https://www.epa.gov/managing-pests-schools/school-ipm-program-bid-and-contract-guidance.

IPM in Schools – Saving Dollars and Making Sense is a one-page document that can be used by IPM coordinators and practitioners to help “sell” IPM: https://www.epa.gov/managing-pests-schools/ipm-schools-saving-dollars-and-making-sense.

Tick Safety in Schools is an Integrated Pest Management approach for Protecting Children from Tick-Borne Diseases: https://www.epa.gov/managing-pests-schools/tick-safety-schools.

There is also the IPM SIPM Policy Model document: https://www.epa.gov/managing-pests-schools/ipm-schools-model-pesticide-safety-and-ipm-guidance-policy-school-districts.

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