Daily News Archive
November 2, 2005
Board Adopts Strong Pesticide Reduction Policy
(Beyond Pesticides, November 2, 2005) In mid
September the Seattle School Board unanimously adopted a district-wide
policy to eliminate the use of the most toxic pesticides in schools. The
new policy prohibits the use of pesticides linked to cancer, nervous system
damage, and other health risks.
According to a press
release by the Washington Toxics Coalition, the policy was drafted by
an advisory committee comprised of district staff members, parents, and
doctors. The policy includes:
- Use of Integrated
Pest Management (IPM) at all school sites, with a focus on pest prevention
and use of only least-toxic pesticides.
- Clear criteria
for evaluating pesticides that eliminates the use of pesticides that
can contribute to cancer, nervous system damage, reproductive harm,
hormone disruption, or damage to the environment. Exceptions to the
criteria are evaluated for emergencies or persistent problems.
- Prior notification
of pesticide use to all parents and staff members when the law requires,
and an expanded posting system.
- Creation of an
on-going IPM committee to assist with implementation, consisting of
district staff and community members.
In the press release
district Board President Dr. Brita Butler-Wall reiterates the Seattle
School Board’s commitment and explains the basis for their decision,
“Seattle Public Schools takes our commitment to the health of our
students, staff, and the planet very seriously. We have embraced the concept
of healthy learning environments through a strong policy preventing possible
exposure to toxic chemicals such as pesticides.”