All Minnesota schools are required to inform parents/guardians and school employees that they may request to be notified prior to pesticide application on school property. Pesticides include chemicals, which are used to control insects, weeds, rodents or other pests as defined by law (M.S. 123B.575, Subd.9.)
In order to provide the required information, the school must maintain a list of parents/guardians and employees who request notification. Schools must also provide information about individual pesticide applications, upon request, including the name of the pesticide product, and the time and location of the planned application. An estimated schedule of pesticide applications is available for review or copying at the school office.
Pesticides and non-chemical treatments may be used in combination in and around schools for a variety of reasons, including the control of pests that have the potential to bite, sting or spread disease, cause asthma and/or trigger an allergic reaction. Pesticides may also be used to prevent or control damage to materials within the school building itself, or to control pests or weeds that are seen as a nuisance.
The long term effects on children from the application of such pesticides or the class of chemicals to which they belong may not be fully understood. Children may be more susceptible to pesticides then adults due to their smaller size and rapid growth and development. Also their behavior may expose them to more pesticides residue.
To limit the potential pesticide exposure, this school follows safety regulations to ensure pesticides are applied properly. All pesticide, products, which are used in and around the school buildings, are required to be registered with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In addition, school employees and certified and licensed applicators are required by state and federal law to comply with all the requirements of the pesticide label, including building sites, application rates, re-entry intervals, posting, use of personal protective equipment, use restrictions and disposal on the product label.
To be notified about pesticide applications, please contract Jay Martini, Administrator at Rochester Off Campus Charter School, 2364 Valleyhigh DR NW, Rochester, MN 55901-7641 507-282-3325 ext 101. Any other questions you may have regarding the district’s pest management may also be directed to Jay Martini.