Healthy Schools / Integrated Pest Management

Healthy Schools Act - Annual Notification

To Parents, Guardians and ESUHSD Staff Members,

In compliance with the Healthy Schools Act (AB 2260) and Education Code 48980.3, the following information is being provided.

In order to control pests (such as ants, fleas, and stinging wasps) and weeds in the school environment, pesticides and herbicides are used on an as needed basis.

Except in emergency situations, warning signs will be posted when herbicides or pesticides are used.  The warning signs will be posted 24 hours prior to application and will remain up for 72 hours after the application.  

Parents will be notified annually of the anticipated chemicals that may be used.  The following is a list of the anticipated or expected pesticides and herbicides that may be used at school sites. 

Product Name Primary Active Ingredient Expected Use
 Gopher Getter  Diphacinone  Gopher Control
 Olive Stop  Naphthaleneacetic Acid, Ammonium Salt  Fruit Inhibitor
 Prosecutor Pro  Glyphosate  Weed Control
 Raid Concentrated Deep Reach Fogger  Cypermethrin  Insect Control
 Rozol Gopher Bait  Chlorophacinone  Gopher Control
 Surflan  Oryzalin  Herbicide
 Turflon  Triclopyr  Herbicide
 Wasp-Freeze  d-Trans Allethrin, Phenothrin  Wasp Control
 Wilco Ground Squirrel Bait  Diphacinone  Ground Squirrel Control

The complete SDS (Safety Data Sheets) containing information for each chemical may be obtained from the Facilities Department at 408.347.5100.  For additional information on these pesticides and pesticide use reduction, go to the Department of Pesticide Regulation's website:  http://www.cdpr.ca.gov.

You may request prior notification of individual pesticide applications at the school sites before they occur.  To request prior notification, submit your name, address, telephone, email address, and school site of interest to facilities@esuhsd.org, or Facilities Department, 830 N. Capitol Avenue, San Jose, CA 95133.
If you have questions, please contact Interim Director of Capital Planning & Design, Julio Lucas at lucasj@esuhsd.org.

Integrated Pest Management Program

The Healthy Schools Act (HSA) defines Integrated Pest Management (IPM) as a pest management strategy that focuses on long-term prevention or suppression of pest problems through a combination of techniques such as: monitoring for pest presence and establishing treatment threshold levels, using non-chemical practices to make the habitat less conducive to pest development, improving sanitation, and using mechanical and physical controls. This strategy greatly reduces pest presence and the potential for pesticide exposure to students, teachers, and others at a school site.

East Side Union High School District's IPM program has a goal to provide for the safest and lowest-risk approach to manage pest problems, with little or no pesticide use, while protecting people and property. Our program includes field-tested approaches that rely on pesticide use as a last resort.  Prior to resorting to pesticides, staff rely on education, inspection, sanitation, behavioral practices, and mechanical pest eradication to correct problems and prevent recurrence of infestations.

Staff involved in pest management - Groundskeepers, Gardeners, Custodians, Child Nutrition Workers, Child Care Coordinators and their supervisors - receive IPM training annually.  Refresher training is an ongoing part of their in-service training.  Other maintenance, purchasing and management employees receive periodic training and updates yearly.

Click here to review our Integrated Pest Management Plan