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Public Schools Achieve IPM STAR Certification
IPM STAR certification is a rigorous process that includes an on-site inspection by an independent professional trained in IPM. The inspector examines the history of pest problems, the condition of buildings and grounds, as well as any pesticides used in the past three years. Schools must have an IPM policy and plan in place to guide administrators and staff as they respond to pest issues, including preventing and avoiding problems before they occur.
The certification program is operated with funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program through the National Foundation for IPM Education. The EPA officially recognized the AACPS Division on Operations and Maintenance on June 16, 2004 in Annapolis, MD.
For reports on other STAR Certification awards see: Second School System in Nation Certified IPM and Pittsburgh School District's Pest Management Program Gets Certified IPM. To learn more about AACPS’s school IPM programs, contact Daniel La Hart at (410) 360-0138.
Anne Arundel County Public Schools’ pest management program is one of the 27 school districts in 19 states that are successfully implementing IPM programs featured in Safer Schools: Achieving A Healthy Learning Environment Through Integrated Pest Management, a report by Beyond Pesticides and the School Pesticide Reform Coalition.
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