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7422 M | INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT (M)
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SCHOOL INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT PLAN (M)
7422 SCHOOL INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT PLAN (M)
The New Jersey School Integrated Pest Management Act of 2002 requires school districts to implement a school integrated pest management policy that includes an Integrated Pest Management Plan. In accordance with the requirements of the Act, the Board shall ensure implementation of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) procedures to control pests and minimize exposure of children, faculty, and staff to pesticides. These procedures shall be applicable to all school property in the Alpha School District.
IPM Coordinator (IPMC)
The Head Custodian shall be designated as the district’s Integrated Pest Management Coordinator (IPMC) and is responsible for the implementation of the school integrated pest management policy.
Integrated Pest Management Procedures in Schools
Implementation of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) procedures will determine when to control pests and whether to use mechanical, physical, cultural, biological, or chemical methods. Applying IPM principles prevents unacceptable levels of pest damage by the most economical means and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.
The Integrated Pest Management Coordinator (IPMC) shall consider the full range of management options, including no action at all. Non-pesticide pest management methods are to be used whenever possible. The choice of using a pesticide shall be based on a review of all other available options and a determination that these options are not effective or not reasonable. When it is determined that a pesticide must be used, low impact pesticides and methods are preferred and shall be considered for use first.
Development of IPM plans
The Chief School Administrator, in collaboration with the school Building Principal(s) and the IPMC, shall be responsible for the development of the IPM Plan for the school district. The school district’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan is a blueprint of how the school district will manage pests through IPM methods. The school district’s IPM Plan will state the school district’s goals regarding the management of pests and the use of pesticides for all school district property. The Plan will reflect the school district’s site-specific needs and a description of how each component of the school district’s Integrated Pest Management Policy and Regulation will be implemented for all school property.
The school community will be educated about potential pest problems and IPM methods used to achieve the pest management objectives.
The IPMC, other school staff, and pesticide applicators involved with implementation of the district’s IPM policy will be trained in appropriate components of IPM as it pertains to the school environment.
Students and parents/legal guardians will be provided information on this policy and instructed on how they can contribute to the success of the IPM program.
Records of pesticide use shall be maintained on site to meet the requirements of the State regulatory agency and the Board.
Records shall also include, but are not limited to, pest surveillance data sheets and other non-pesticide pest management methods and practices utilized.
The Building Principal of each school, working with the IPMC, is responsible for timely notification to students, parents or legal guardians and the school staff of pesticide treatments pursuant to the School Integrated Pest Management Act.
Re-entry to a pesticide treated area shall conform to the requirements of the School Integrated Pest Management Act.
The IPMC shall ensure that applicators follow State regulations, including licensing requirements and label precautions, and must comply with all components of the School Integrated Pest Management Policy.
The Chief School Administrator will report annually to the Board on the effectiveness of the IPM Plan and make recommendations for improvement as needed.
The school district’s Integrated Pest Management Plan, Policy and Regulation shall be implemented not later than June 12, 2004. The Board directs the Chief School Administrator to develop Regulations/Procedures for the implementation of School Integrated Pest Management Plan.
N.J.S.A. 13:1F-19 through 13:1F-33
Adopted: 13 November 2008
7441 | ELECTRONIC SURVEILLANCE IN SCHOOL BUILDINGS AND ON SCHOOL GROUNDS (M)
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ELECTRONIC SURVEILLANCE IN SCHOOL BUILDINGS AND ON SCHOOL GROUNDS (M)
7441 ELECTRONIC SURVEILLANCE IN SCHOOL BUILDINGS AND ON SCHOOL GROUNDS (M)
The Board of Education authorizes the use of electronic surveillance systems in school buildings and on school grounds to enhance the safety and security for school district staff, students, community members, and other building occupants and to protect the school district’s buildings and grounds.
The content produced by the surveillance system under certain circumstances may be considered a student record and if so it will be subject to the Board of Education policy and regulations regarding confidential student records. If the content of the surveillance system becomes the subject of a disciplinary proceeding, it shall be treated like other evidence in the proceeding.
In accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 18A:41-9, if at least one school building of the school district is equipped with video surveillance equipment that is capable of streaming live video wirelessly to a remote location, the Board of Education shall enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with local law enforcement authorities providing the authorities with the capacity to activate the equipment and view live streaming video. The MOU shall include the provisions of N.J.S.A. 18A:41-9 and any additional information required by law enforcement officials. In the event the parties to the MOU are unable to reach an agreement regarding any provision required to be included in the MOU as per N.J.S.A. 18A:41-9a, the County Prosecutor shall make the final determination regarding that provision. Nothing in N.J.S.A. 18A:41-9 shall be construed as to require the installation of video surveillance equipment capable of streaming live video wirelessly to a remote site from a school building that does not have the ability to have live streaming video.
The Board of Education shall post signage in a prominent, public place in buildings and on school grounds where electronic surveillance equipment may be used.
In addition to posting, the district shall notify school staff members, parent(s), and students that electronic surveillance may be used in school buildings and on school grounds through publication in student and staff handbooks, school calendars, notice sent home with students, or any other effective means to publish the district’s use of electronic surveillance equipment in school buildings and on school grounds.
Adopted: 13 November 2008
Revised: 20 February 2018
7610 | VANDALISM
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The Board of Education believes that all school district property should be respected and all persons who use or have access to school district property should respect such property and take pride in the institutions of this community and the schools of this district.
Any person who purposely or knowingly damages school district property or damages school district property recklessly or negligently in the employment of fire, explosives or another dangerous means listed in accordance with N.J.S.A. 2C:17-2 or purposely or recklessly tampers with the tangible property of the school district so as to endanger school district property shall be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency. Where the damage to district property is more than minimal or has been caused by a pupil or a minor not a pupil of this district, the Board will hold liable for the amount of the damage the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) having legal custody and control of the minor responsible for the damage.
A person convicted of an offense that involves an act of graffiti will be required to reimburse the school district the cost of damages and may be required to perform community service, which may include removing the graffiti from the property, in accordance with the law. In addition, the courts may suspend or postpone driving privileges of any person, at least thirteen and under eighteen years of age, if convicted of an act of graffiti.
A person who purposely defaces or damages district property with any symbol that exposes persons to violence, contempt, or hatred on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, affectational or sexual orientation or sex, social or economic status, or disability is guilty of a crime and shall be reported to appropriate law enforcement authorities. The Board may also report to the appropriate law enforcement agencies any person whose vandalism of school property is serious or chronic.
The Chief School Administrator shall develop regulations to implement this policy and to protect textbooks, school equipment, and school facilities from undue wear, damage, or loss.
N.J.S.A. 2C:33-10 et seq.
N.J.S.A. 18A:34-2; 18A:37-3
Adopted: 13 November 2008