What Principals Should Know 

Integrated Pest management (IPM) in North Carolina Schools

What School Principals should know about section 2 of the School Children’s Health Act

Recent surveys show that more than 50% of North Carolina’s public schools receive a pesticide application every month, whether pests are present or not.  We know that pesticides are poisons designed to kill pests by interfering with life processes.  We also know that some pest and human body systems are similar so pesticides can also injure humans.  Children are especially vulnerable because their bodies are still developing.  As such pesticides should not be used routinely in schools.  This is one of the reasons why the state legislature passed the School Children’s Health Act in 2006.

Section 2 of The School Children’s Health Act requires local school boards of education to adopt policies that address pesticide use on school property.  It requires that every public school district implement an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program by 10/1/2011.  It also requires School principals or principal’s designees to notify the students’ parents or guardians, and the school staff about pesticide use on school property annually.  This annual notice must also include information about the right of parents, guardians, and school staff to be notified 72 hours in advance of any NON-EXEMPT pesticide application that was not previously scheduled or planned.

FAQs about Notification of Pesticide Use in North Carolina Schools  

The following are some of the questions that have been asked the most by principals, and the answers to these can help other principals and school personnel to effectively understand and administer the notification section of the School Children’s Health Act.