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1 Integrated Pest Management in Chicago Public Schools Presented by Rachel Rosenberg Executive Director Safer Pest Control Project

2 Chicago Public School s: What is in the district? 602 Schools 438,589 students 45,077 employees

3 The Condition of Chicago s Public Schools

4 Who s in Charge? Board of Education Chief Executive Officer Chief Education Officer Chief Administrative Officer Local School Council Chief Operations Officer Chief Purchasing Officer Chief Financial Officer School Principals Environmental Services Manager School Building Engineers

5 How Pest Control Worked Before the District Adopted IPM No coordinated focus on maintenance or sanitation Schools contracted for who they wanted on a school by school basis Some building engineers applied pesticides themselves

6 1999 IPM Law for Schools Schools are required to adopt an integrated pest management program. A school may be exempt from the requirement if it demonstrates to the Department of Public Health that IPM will cost more than it is paying for pest control.

7 1999 Parents Right-to-Know Law Schools are required to provide notification prior to the application of pesticides on school grounds and inside school buildings. Written notification must be given two business days prior to broadcast pesticide applications.

8 SPCP s History With CPS 1996 Pilot Projects 1999 IL Legislature Passes IPM Law for Schools CPS Immediately Exempts Themselves from the Law

9 History CPS gets negative press attention for spraying pesticides after seeking exemption from the law a coordinated effort with our partner organizations

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11 Establishing a Relationship SPCP went in as the good guy, offering our support We offered training we found grant money to provide staff training to engineers Provided materials, i.e. IPM materials for engineers manual Blue Ribbon Committee on Indoor Air Quality

12 A Solution for the Asthma Problem Blue Ribbon Committee on Indoor Air Quality Asthma a huge concern for CPS IPM was a logical first step towards addressing the concern

13 CPS Adopts an IPM Policy 1999 the District adopted an IPM policy Result of: Blue Ribbon Committee on Indoor Air Quality asthma concern Our ability to provide free resources Meeting with the Chief Operations Officer

14 The IPM Policy CPS will strive to achieve the goal of effective pest control while minimizing pesticide applications and pesticide exposure by: Providing training and resources to staff on IPM;

15 The IPM Policy (continued) Amending pest control contracts to require IPM; Limiting scheduled pesticide applications; and Providing notification and two business days prior to applications of pesticide

16 Implementation of the Providing training and resource to staff on IPM Policy

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18 Implementation of the Policy Amending pest control contracts to require IPM CPS set up a Request for Proposals (RFP). From bids on the RFP it established a list of pre-approved IPM practitioners schools could contract with.

19 Implementation of the Policy Limit scheduled pesticide applications

20 Implementation of the Policy Providing notification and information to parents and staff regarding pesticide applications, in writing, two business days prior to applications of pesticide, excluding anti-microbial agents and insecticide and rodenticide baits. This is required by State law.

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22 Committees Blue Ribbon Committee had disbanded, but a new committee on Coordinated School Health had formed through which we pushed forward the new contracts and other aspects of the IPM policy.

23 The Big Contract Change The contract change finally came in July and November 2003 (in 2 parts).

24 City Politics, Negative Press and Bad Timing for IPM Changes in district administrators new Chief Operations Officer Coordinated School Health vanished Turf battle for health inspections Bad Press

25 The Press Rodent crackdown ; School cafeterias to close in move to end infestation:[redeye Edition]Chicago Tribune. Chicago Tribune. Chicago, Ill.: Jan 23, pg. 5

26 The Press 8 in 10 city schools may have mice January 30, 2004 BY ROSALIND ROSSI Education Reporter About 80 percent of Chicago public schools inspected in the beginning days of a $4 million rodent crackdown have evidence of mice in them, officials said Thursday.

27 Moving Forward The cafeteria closings and bad press has won us some support. Easier to get school staff to take pest control seriously. Cooperation and motivation to get school staff trained.

28 Moving Forward 6 training sessions for building engineers planned. Increased willingness to cooperate to manage pest control problems.

29 Rachel Rosenberg Safer Pest Control Project 25 E. Washington, Suite 1515 Chicago, IL /

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