We are writing about three subjects that can affect children's health in school: pests, pesticides and your right to know.
Pest Control Because pesticides pose risks, the district uses an alternative approach to merely applying pesticides. Control of insects, rodents, and weeds at our schools focuses on making the school buildings and grounds an unfavorable place for pests to live and breed. Through maintenance and cleaning, we will reduce or eliminate available food and water sources and hiding places for the pests. We will also routinely monitor the school area to detect pest problems and prevent the pests from becoming established. Some techniques we will use include pest monitoring, sanitation, pest exclusion, proper food storage, pest removal and --as a last resort-- pesticides. This holistic approach is often called Integrated Pest Management (I PM).
Accordingly, we have contracted with Atlantic Pest Management - an IPM Certified company, to implement and administer our IPM program along with Egbert's Lawn Care, LLC and Sports Fields, Inc.
Pesticide Use Sometimes pesticide use may be necessary to control a pest problem. When that happens, the school will use the lowest risk products available. If higher risk pesticides must be used, notices will be posted at application sites and parents, staff and guardians have a right to know.
Your Right to Know Parents, legal guardians, and school staff will be notified of specific pesticide applications made at the school. Notification will be given at least five days before planned pesticide applications during the regular school year. Pesticide application notices will also be posted in the school and on the school grounds. Notification need not be given for pesticide applications recognized by law to pose little or no risk of exposure to children or staff.
The school also keeps records of prior pesticide applications and information about the pesticides used. You may review these records, a copy of the School's Integrated Pest Management Policy and the Pesticides in Schools regulation (CMR 01-026 Chapter 27) by contacting our IPM Coordinator at 222-1147.
For further information about pests, pesticides and your right to know, call the Board of Pesticides Control at 207-287-2731 or visit the Maine SchoollPM web site at www.thinkfirstspraylast.org/schoolipm.
Sincerely, Norman E. Justice Jr. Facilities Director
ACBM Annual Notice 2016-17
ANNUAL NOTIFICATION OF ASBESTOS-CONTAINING BUILDING MATERIALS IN ALL GORHAM SCHOOL DEPARTMENT FACILITIES
To: All Gorham School Department employees, parents and guardians
All schools/buildings in the Gorham School Department have been inspected for the presence of Asbestos-Containing Building Materials (ACBM's). A written plan for the management has been developed. This plan, noting the type and location of ACBM's is available for inspection at the office of the Facilities Director at 106 Weeks Road, Gorham, ME and in each Principal's Office.
The management plan is an outline of operational procedures designed for the proper maintenance and safety of all people who work, study, or are otherwise present in any of these buildings to minimize the exposure to asbestos hazards.
The condition of all ACBM' s will be semi-annually inspected. The following inspections and maintenance activities occurred during the 2016-17 school year:
I. Semi-annual Inspections 2. Three Year Inspections 3. Custodial and Maintenance Training
The following activities are planned for the 2016-17 school year: I. Semi-annual Inspections 2. Custodial Awareness Training 3. Maintenance Training
Department of Facilities Management Gorham School Department Rev 8/2007