Structural and landscape pests can pose a significant problem to people, property and the environment. Pesticides and herbicides can also pose risks to people, property, and the environment. It is therefore the Policy of Copperas Cove ISD to incorporate Integrated Pest Management (I.P.M.) procedures for control of structural and landscape pests.
Pests are populations of living organisms (animals, plants. microorganisms) that can interfere with the day-to-day operations of the Copperas Cove ISD campuses. Strategies for managing pest populations will be influenced by the pest species and whether that species poses a threat to the students, staff, property, and/or the environment. Pest management plans will be developed for the Copperas Cove ISD and will include pest management measures.
- Pests will be managed to reduce any potential human health hazards to protect against a significant threat to public safety, to prevent damage to Copperas Cove ISD structure or property, and to enhance the quality of life for students and staff.
- The choice of using chemical pesticides will be based on a review of all other known options and a determination that these options are not acceptable or feasible. Cost or staffing consideration alone will not be adequate justification for use of chemical control agents. Selected non-chemical pest management methods will be implemented, whenever possible to provide the desired control. It is the policy of Copperas Cove ISD to utilize IPM principles to manage pest populations adequately. The full range of alternatives, including no action will be considered. When it is determined that a pesticide or herbicide must be used in order to meet the pest management goals, the least hazardous material will be chosen.
- The IPM Coordinator, Administrator, and staff will be educated about the potential school pest problems and the IPM policies and procedures to be used to achieve the desired pest management objectives.
- The IPM Coordinator will maintain records of pesticide and herbicide use and will notil-y the Copperas Cove ISD staff and students of upcoming pesticide treatments. Notices will be posted in designated areas at each site.
- Pesticide purchase will be limited to the amount authorized for use in one year, Pesticide will be stored and disposed in accordance with the label directions and state regulations. Pesticides will be stored in an appropriate secure site not accessible to students or unauthorized personnel.
- Pesticide applicators will be educated and trained in the principles and practices of integrated pest management and use of pesticides. They will follow regulations and label precautions. Applicators will be certified and comply with the Copperas Cove ISD policy.
The IPM Coordinator will be trained through a Texas Structural Pest Control Service approved IPM Coordinator training course. The IPM Coordinator will design a pest management system and maintain IPM Policies. The IPM Coordinator is the person who observes and evaluates the site or directs others to do so and decides what needs to be done to achieve the site management objectives.
Copperas Cove ISD will contract with a commercial pest control company(s) to meet the needs of the facility. The contractors will make detailed site-specific recommendations for structural and procedural modifications to achieve pest suppression. The contractor shall provide evidence of sufficient expertise in pest control and IPM principles and practices. With the exceptional specific pest problem. Copperas Cove ISD employs full-time personnel to conduct pest management practices.