This notice is being distributed to comply with the New Jersey Integrated Pest Management Act. Saint James the Apostle School has adopted an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Policy and has implemented an IPM Plan to comply with this law. IPM is a holistic, preventive approach to managing pests that is explained further in the school’s IPM Policy available in the school office.
All schools in New Jersey are required to have an Integrated Pest Management Coordinator (IPM Coordinator) to oversee all activities related to IPM and pesticide use at the school. The IPM Coordinator for Saint James the Apostle School is Mrs. Caroline Ponterio.
The IPM Coordinator maintains the pesticide product label, and the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) (when one is available), of each pesticide product that may be used on school property. The label and the MSDS are available for review by a parent or guardian of a student attending Saint James.
As part of a school pest management plan Saint James the Apostle School may use pesticides in the future to control pests. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) register pesticides to determine that the use of a pesticide in accordance with instructions printed on the label does not pose an unreasonable risk to human health and the environment. Nevertheless, the EPA and the 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 as pregnant women, infants and children, should avoid unnecessary pesticide exposure.
The following items will be available in the Office for your review:
- A copy of the school’s IPM policy.
- A list of pesticides that are in use or that have been used in the past 12 months on