Minnesota - Chemical Hazards: Prohibitions

Area: 
Prohibitions Or Restrictions
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law encourages districts to utilize environmentally-safe chemicals and to reduce chemical exposure in schools.

Minnesota Statutes 2018 Education Code, Chapter 121A Student rights, responsibilities, and behaviors 121A.30 Pesticide Application at Schools

Subd. 2.  Pesticide application notification. — A school that plans to apply a pesticide which is a toxicity category I, II, or III pesticide product, as classified by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, or a restricted use pesticide, as designated under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, on school property, must provide a notice to parents and employees that it applies such pesticides. The notice required under subdivision 3 must:

(1) provide that an estimated schedule of the pesticide applications is available for review or copying at the school offices where such pesticides are applied;
(2) state that long-term health effects on children from the application of such pesticides or the class of chemicals to which they belong may not be fully understood;

(3) inform parents that a parent may request to be notified by the school in the manner specified in subdivision 6 before any application of a pesticide listed in this subdivision.


Minnesota Statutes 2018 Education Code, Chapter 121A Student rights, responsibilities, and behaviors 121A.30 Pesticide Application at Schools

Subd. 8.  Plan. — A school is not required to adopt an integrated pest management plan. A school board may only notify students, parents, or employees that it has adopted an integrated pest management plan if the plan is a managed pest control program designed to minimize the risk to human health and the environment and to reduce the use of chemical pesticides, and which ranks the district’s response to pests in the following manner:

(1) identifying pests which need to be controlled;

(2) establishing tolerable limits of each identified pest;

(3) designing future buildings and landscapes to prevent identified pests;

(4) excluding identified pests from sites and buildings using maintenance practices;

(5) adapting cleaning activities and best management practices to minimize the number of pests;

(6) using mechanical methods of controlling identified pests; and

(7) controlling identified pests using the least toxic pesticides with the least exposure to persons as is practicable.

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