Lackawanna Public Schools

Pesticide Notification

Lackawanna City School District Integrated Pest Management - (IPM Program)


In May 2010, New York State enacted Chapter 85 of the Laws of 2010, a new law containing limitations regarding pesticide use on playing field, playgrounds at schools and day care centers. Schools and day care centers are prohibited from using pesticides on playgrounds (including playground equipment, turf, athletic, or playing fields and all school grounds). This rule does not apply to indoor use of pesticides or pesticide applications to buildings or structures (e.g. school buildings, garages). (NYSDEC Summary of Pesticide Prohibition Requirements and Pesticide Alternatives- December 22, 2010). Pesticides may be applied outdoors for emergencies only.

The Lackawanna City School District practices IPM (Integrated Pest Management), which is an environmentally responsible method of pest control that utilizes education and specific work practices. In the event of potential pesticide use, NYS Education Law - 409-H requires all public, nonpublic schools and BOCES to provide written notification 48 hours prior to application to all persons in parental relation, faculty and staff. Written notification is required periodically throughout the school year and during the summer. At this time, no pesticide applications are scheduled or expected.

If you desire, we will place your name on a list of individuals who will receive 48 hour prior notification of a pesticide application. Please submit your name to the Superintendent’s Office at 245 South Shore Boulevard, Lackawanna, New York 14218 in care of "Neighbor Notification Law" If you have any questions, please contact the Buildings and Grounds Department at 827-6730.
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