The California Healthy Schools Act (HSA) is a right-to-know law that provides parents and staff with information about pesticide use at public schools. The law encourages the adoption of effective, lower risk pest management practices, also known as Integrated Pest Management (IPM). The goals of the HSA are to address the health and environmental concerns associated with the use of pesticides at schools and to assure a healthy learning environment for California’s school children.
The Long Beach Unified School District recognizes that maintaining a safe and healthy environment for students and staff is essential to learning. The District’s goal is to provide effective pest control while protecting students, staff, and the environment, as well as District properties and assets.
To accomplish this goal the LBUSD will use IPM to focus on and develop long-term pest prevention methods and give non-chemical methods first consideration when selecting appropriate control measures. The full range of alternatives will be considered, giving preference to non-chemical methods, and then chemicals that pose the least hazard to people and the environment.
The full IPM plan is available here