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Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Since 1984, Eugene School District 4J has implemented principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), primarily in the management of district landscapes, but also for pests. Since then, non-chemical means of dealing with weeds and other pests have been the norm, in which use of pesticides (including herbicides) has occurred only after very careful consideration, and only after all other means were tried.

Since the early adoption, 4J has embraced the four universal principals of IPM: Prevention, Exclusion, Structural Modification and Tolerance.

“IPM in Schools” is a state law that went into effect July 1, 2012. ORS 634.700-750 regulates all pesticide use at all schools statewide.

4J Facilities Management has been and remains committed to first using non-chemical methods of control. Only after non-chemical methods have proven ineffective, is chemical use considered, and then only when the IPM Coordinator and the Facilities Manager agree. Other than emergency uses, such as yellowjacket nests in proximity to students, all spraying will be during non-school days for example summer, winter and spring breaks. Oregon law requires that anyone applying a pesticide to a school building or property be a licensed applicator. Furthermore they may only use low-impact products in and around schools.

The most current and adopted* list of approved low-impact pesticides is available here: http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/schoolipm/files/Low_Impact_Pesticide_List.pdf

*The district will not use any product with an active ingredient of glyphosate as outlined in our IPM plan.

The Eugene School District 4J Integrated Pest Management Plan is available here: ESD4J IPM Plan

The district has designated Jesse Sell as the IPM Coordinator. For questions relating to the plan, Jesse can be reached at 541-790-7433 or sell_j@4j.lane.edu