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Completing the IPM Standards for Schools
IPM Standards are included in two parts, one for school buildings and one for school grounds. If your school grounds are managed by a separate department, such as a city or county parks office, please refer the school grounds part to the appropriate personnel. Schools may become IPM certified for their school buildings, school grounds, or both, and on an individual school or system-wide basis.
To help you set priorities for implementing IPM practices, both Buildings and Grounds sections are organized into three Modules:
MODULE ONE: Building the IPM Foundation
By completing MODULE ONE, you will be putting your IPM program on a firm foundation:
These essential IPM practices are recommended for all school IPM programs, and represent an excellent starting point for new programs. Each MODULE ONE practice should be substantially completed before moving on. For certification purposes, each MODULE ONE Practice must be substantially completed (score 80% or more of the points available for each practice).
MODULE TWO: Raising the IPM Framework
MODULE TWO practices build on the foundation by
Some MODULE TWO practices may not apply to your school, scoring these as Not Applicable "N/A" will not affect your total score. For certification purposes, each MODULE TWO practice must be substantially completed (score 80% or more of the points available for each practice).
MODULE THREE: Achieving IPM Excellence!
MODULE THREE practices put your IPM program on the map, systematically addressing administrative and policy as well as pest-specific issues. Implementing these practices will help you manage pests effectively with a minimum of risk. NOTE: In MODULE THREE, you do not need to complete each pest-specific section, just those for the pests you experience problems with at your school. Most schools will need to complete just a few of these sections.
To become an IPM STAR Certified School or School System, you must score a total of 70% of all applicable points in MODULE THREE, use only Reduced-Impact or Least-Impact pest controls, and have your performance evaluated by a Certified IPM Verifier. Unlike MODULES ONE and TWO, all practices in MODULE THREE do not have to be implemented for certification. Simply earn enough points on those practices you choose to implement to earn an overall 70% score. Schedule appropriate practices above and beyond those required for certification for continued improvement of your IPM Program.
Calculating Your IPM Score
The Standards include administrative, policy and pest-specific IPM practices. Each practice is assigned a point value. By implementing a listed practice, you earn the points assigned to the practice.
Priority Practices are clearly marked. Priority Practices are required for certification, in addition to all MODULE ONE and TWO practices. Score 80% or more of the points available for each Priority Practice, just as you must for each practice in MODULES ONE and TWO.
Bonus Practices are also clearly marked. Points for these practices are not included in the total points available in each section, but if earned, should be added to your score.
Partial Credit can be applied to practices that are only partially implemented, or implemented on only a portion of possible sites, occasions, etc. For example, if door sweeps are placed on most but not all doors, partial credit is permitted based on the proportion of doors with sweeps. Obviously, any door without a sweep is a potential pest entry and should be scheduled for correction.
Use partial credit to signal practices that have been implemented but can be improved, and make a note of the improvement needed. For certification purposes, the verifier will determine how many points to apply, and may decline to give any credit for partial completion of a practice that is adversely affecting pest or pesticide risk management in a significant way.
Pests or Practices Not Applicable (N/A). Some sections of the Standards refer to pests that may not be a problem at your school, or may include practices that are not applicable. Mark these sections or practices as N/A (not applicable) and move on. The Scorecard provides a column to note the points available for these sections, and instructs you how to adjust your score for non-applicable sections and practices.
IPM Scorecards. By working through the IPM Standards, you accumulate points towards your total score. Use the two IPM Scorecards (one for school buildings and one for school grounds) to calculate your overall score and convert your score to a percentage.
Glossary. Unfamiliar terms are defined in Appendix B. When these terms first appear in the text, they appear in italics.
For IPM STAR Certification by the IPM Institute, review the IPM STAR Certification
Program for Schools and Daycare Facilities.
An IPM professional will visit your school and evaluate your IPM
program and make recommendations for improvement.
A satisfactory evaluation will make your school eligible for
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