State law requires districts to utilize environmentally-safe chemicals and/or to reduce chemical exposure in schools.
Louisiana Administrative Code 7 XXIII 1111. Special Restrictions on Pesticide Applications in Schools
A. Any person who applies or supervises the application of pesticides on a nonfee basis for grass and weed control and rodent and general pest control (roaches, wasps, and ants) or restricted use pesticides, in, on, or around school structures and grounds shall be a certified commercial applicator or under the supervision of a certified commercial applicator. B. School systems with 10 or more schools shall employ a minimum of two certified commercial applicators. School systems with less than 10 schools shall employ a minimum of one certified commercial applicator. C. The governing authority (including but not limited to superintendents, headmasters, school boards, board of directors, chief executive officer, or principals) shall prepare and submit in writing, for each school under its authority, to the director, an annual integrated pest management (IPM) plan for pest control for grass and weed control and rodent and general pest control (roaches, wasps, and ants) in, on, or around school structures and grounds. The IPM plan shall include all pest control methods employed, including pesticide and non-pesticide methods and strongly recommends the least toxic methods of control. The first IPM plan shall be submitted prior to any application of pesticides beginning March 1, 1995 and shall be submitted on an annual year of August 1 through July 31. The plan shall be available for review, upon request, by the commissioner and the general public, during normal school hours, at each school, in the business office. The annual IPM plan shall include, but not be limited to the following:
- school name and mailing address, physical address, telephone number and contact person;
- name and license or place of business number of company(s) and certification numbers of applicators, if contracted;
- name and certification number of certified commercial applicator(s) of school system;
- brand name and EPA registration number of all pesticides to be used;
- for each pesticide to be used a list of the following: a. pest to be controlled; b. type of application to be used; c. location of application; d. restricted use pesticide or general use pesticide;
- proposed location and date for non-certified applicator training;
- other methods of pest control. D. Any deviation from the integrated pest management plan submitted shall be submitted in writing to the director, within 24 hours after any application. E. Records of pesticide applications shall be maintained according to § 2101. and records of inspections, identification, monitoring, evaluations, and pesticide applications for grass and weed control and general pest control, shall be maintained by the school and submitted with the annual integrated pest management plan to the department annually on a form prescribed by the department in accordance with § 2101. F. No pesticides shall be applied for general pest control inside school buildings and no restricted use pesticides shall be applied in, on or around school grounds when students are present or expected to be present for normal academic instruction or extracurricular activity for at least eight hours after applicat
Louisiana Revised Statutes 30:2351.53. Reporting of lead hazards at child-occupied facilities.
A. The secretary shall notify the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Department of Children and Family Services that notification of lead hazards, lead abatement activities, or any lead testing performed which exceeds applicable Standard in any licensed day care center, preschool, or public or non-public elementary school facility first placed into operation after August 1, 2012, that qualifies as a child-occupied facility is required by this Chapter. ... C. A child-occupied facility subject to this Section shall provide notification to all parents or legal guardians of each child enrolled at the facility of lead abatement activities, lead testing which exceeds applicable Standard or lead hazard reduction activities performed at the facility or on its grounds. The notification shall be made by written or electronic means, such as email or posting on the facility’s website. D. The notification required in this Section shall not be required if a facility or its grounds has been inspected or has been the subject to lead abatement or remediation prior to August 1, 2012. If a portion of the facility or its grounds has not been inspected or been the subject of lead abatement or remediation prior to August 1, 2012, then that portion of the facility or its grounds shall be subject to the provisions of this Section. The owner or operator of the facility shall maintain documentation that the inspection, lead abatement or remediation activities were conducted in accordance with applicable requirements.
Louisiana Revised Statutes 3:3381. Policy; purpose.
The legislature finds that the exposure of school children to pesticides poses known and, as of yet, unknown risks to their health and well-being. Providing controls on the application of these pesticides will help to ensure the safety and well-being of children in the state.
Louisiana Revised Statutes 3:3382. Definitions.
As used in this Part, the following terms shall have the following meanings ascribed to them: (1) “Least toxic method” means an integral part of an integrated pest management plan and is a combination of common sense practices that use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interactions with the environment, in combination with available pest control methods used to manage pest damage by the most economical means with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment. (2) “Pest” means any insect, rodent, nematode, fungus, weed, or any other form of terrestrial or aquatic plant or animal life or virus, bacteria, or other microorganism in living humans or other living animals, which the commissioner declares to be a pest, other than mosquitos. (3) “Pesticide” means any substance or mixture of substances intended for preventing, destroying, repelling, or mitigating any pest and any substance or combination of substances intended for use as a plant regulator, defoliant, desiccant, or any substance the commissioner of agriculture and forestry or his duly authorized representative acting at his direction determines to be a pesticide. (4) “School” means any public or private day or residential school that provides pre-kindergarten, elementary, or secondary education.
Louisiana Revised Statutes 3:3383. Record of pesticides used to control pests.
A. Each school shall keep a written record of restricted use pesticides used to control pests. After the application of a restricted use pesticide, an entry shall be made in the record which lists: (1) The name of the pesticide applied. (2) The quantity of pesticide applied. (3) The pest which the pesticide is intended to control. (4) The date, time, and location on the school grounds where the pesticide was applied. (5) The name of the person or persons who applied the pesticide. B. The records required by Subsection A of this Section shall be kept for at least three years in the business office of each school and made available for public inspection by any person during regular school hours.
Louisiana Revised Statutes 3:3384. Requirement that eight hours precede the exposure of children to restricted use pesticides.
A restricted use pesticide shall be applied to a school building or on school grounds only during periods in which students are not expected to be present for normal academic instruction or organized extracurricular activity for at least eight hours after the application.
Louisiana Revised Statutes 3:3385 Least toxic method of pest control encouraged
Schools are encouraged to use the least toxic method of pest control. The least toxic method of pest control may include pest control methods other than the application of pesticides.
Louisiana Revised Statutes 3:3388 Annual integrated pest management plan
A.(1) The governing authority of each school, including but not limited to superintendents, headmasters, school boards, boards of directors, chief executive officers, or principals, shall prepare and submit, for each school under its authority, an annual integrated pest management plan that applies integrated pest management strategies of pest prevention methods and strongly recommends the least toxic methods of control for grass and weed control, and rodent and general pest control in, on, or around school structures and grounds.
- (2) Each city, parish, or other local public school board shall submit a single, comprehensive integrated pest management plan for all schools under its jurisdiction.
B. The annual integrated pest management plan shall include but shall not be limited to the following:
(1) The school name, mailing address, physical address, telephone number, and contact person.
(2) If a company or specific applicator enters into a contract to apply any herbicide, rodenticide, insecticide, or restricted use pesticide, the name and number of the owner/operator license or place of business permit and the certification number of the commercial applicator or licensee.
(3) The name and certification number of the certified commercial applicator for the school system.
(4) The brand name and EPA registration number of all pesticides to be used
(5) The proposed location and dates for noncertified applicator training
(6) A list of the following for each pesticide to be used:
(a) The pest to be controlled.
(b) The type of application to be used.
(c) The location of the application.
(d) Whether it is a restricted use pesticide or a general use pesticide.
C. The annual integrated pest management plan shall be submitted in writing to the director of pesticide and environmental programs for the Department of Agriculture and Forestry, on or before August first of each year and shall cover from August first of that year through July thirty-first of the following year.
D. The annual integrated pest management plan shall, upon request, be available for review by the commissioner and the general public in the business office of each school during regular school hours.
E. Any deviation from the submitted annual integrated pest management plan shall be delivered in writing to the director of pesticide and environmental programs no later than twenty-four hours prior to any pesticide application.
F. The annual integrated pest management plan shall not take the place of the recordkeeping requirements of R.S. 3:3243(G) and 3383.
G. Records of inspections, identification, monitoring, evaluations, and pesticide applications shall be maintained by the schools and submitted with the annual integrated pest management plan to the department annually on a form prescribed by the department.