Pest Control & Pesticide Safety

  • We, at North Adams Community Schools, are committed to providing a safe environment for our students, staff and school community [parents, visitors/guests, volunteers, substitute staff members, etc.]. Part of providing a safe environment for students includes preventing students from exposure to pests and/or pesticides. While pesticides protect our students, staff and school community from pests that may be in our school building[s] or on our school grounds and/or surrounding facilities or strucutures on the North Adams Community Schools property, in some circumstances, pesticides may also pose a hazard to the health of the people that occupy our buildings and/or grounds. Therefore, pest control practices may involve a variety of chemical and non-chemical methods that are designed to control pests effectively, while minimizing potential pesticide exposure. In an effort to protect our staff, students and school community from potential pesticide hazards, we have developed pesticide control practices as part of our Pest Control/Pesticide Safety Policy. 

    Pest Control/Pesticide Safety Policy:

    North Adams Community Schools will

    1. Inform parents, guardians and staff members of the North Adams Community Schools Pest Control/Pesticide Safety Policy as a provision in the student and/or staff handbook, annually:
      1. at the start of each school year [during registration] or
      2. during the school year when a student:
        1. enrolls in; or
        2. transfers into school
    2. Establish and invite parents, guardians and staff members of the North Adams Community Schools to be included in the Pesticide Notification Registry*:
      1. at the start of each school yaer [during registration] or
      2. during the school year when a student:
        1. enrolls in; or 
        2. transfers into school
    3. Offer a method for individuals to request to be added to the Pesticide Notification Registry* at any time during the school year
    4. Provide advanced notice of planned pesticide applications to parents and staff whom have registered their name and contact information through our Pesticide Notification Registry. *Individuals that wish to be notified of pesticide applications, in advance, MUST be registered in the Pesticide Notification Registry in order to be notified of such circumstances when pesticides are scheduled to be applied in a school building[s] or on school grounds.
    5. Maintain written record of any pesticide applications for a minimum of [90] school days from the date of application.