Notification: Your Right to Know
The Healthy Schools Act requires your school to post signs on any area treated with pesticides-both inside the building and on school grounds. The signs must be posted 24 hours in advance of treatment and remain for 72 hours afterwards. The school is required to include information about the pesticide used, the reason for use, parameters of the treated area, and how to find out more information. If you witness a pesticide application at your school without adequate posting, contact your school principal to report it. Contact the Healthy Schools Campaign at 888-CPR-4880, if you need more help.
Sample Pesticide Use Application Sign
Your school district is required to notify you about intended pesticide use at the beginning of each school year, starting in the 2001-02 school year. If you did not receive a notice similar to the sample below, contact your school principal, call Nita Davidson at the Department of Pesticide Regulation (916-324-4100) and the Healthy Schools Campaign (888-CPR-4880), if you need more help. The notes below explain the content of the notice and provide tips on how to use notice information to protect your children's health.
Sample Annual Notification of Planned Pesticide Use
Use either the name or active ingredient to find out more information about a particular pesticide. The active ingredient is usually only a small part of the product. Find out about possible health effects from the Hazards of Common Pesticides factsheet in this Pesticide Action Kit. For additional information on these and other pesticides, log on to www.pesticideinfo.org.
Let your school officials know that you don't want toxic pesticides used in your children's school. Call and tell them that you want them to adopt and implement least-toxic pest control immediately. Consult the Ten Steps to a Healthy School fact sheet in this Pesticide Action Kit for more information.
Sample Request for Individual Pesticide Application Notification
Click here to view a copies of sample pesticide posting and notification forms in PDF format:
English (277 KB) (Requires Adobe Reader)
Spanish (390 KB)