To: Staff, Students, Parents, Guardians and School Organizations
New York State Education Law, Section 409-H, requires all public and nonpublic elementary and secondary schools to provide written notification to you, regarding actual use or potential use of pesticides throughout the school year. In addition, the Tuckahoe Union Free School District is required to maintain a list of persons in parental relation and any of its faculty or staff members who wish to receive 48-hour prior written notification of specific pesticide applications which may occur in the school district. This is to advise you that since June 2004, there have been no applications of pesticides in the school district. The Tuckahoe Union Free School District utilizes an integrated pest management program (IPM). The purpose of an IPM program is to restrict or eliminate entirely the use of pesticides in or around district facilities. The school district’s IPM program includes the use of a contracted firm, expert in the field of integrated pest management. This firm conducts regular inspections of all district facilities and takes appropriate remedial measures to eliminate or reduce the presence of insects or other pests.
While the district does not anticipate any situation where there will be a need to provide notification of a pesticide application 48 hours in advance, if you would like to receive such notification if one were required, please send a postcard or brief letter to Lee Lew, Assistant Superintendent for Business, 65 Siwanoy Boulevard, Eastchester, NY 10709, requesting pesticide application notification. Please include your name and address.
In the unlikely event that an application of a regulated pesticide application is required, the district would not apply such chemicals unless the schools were to remain unoccupied for a continuous period of 72 hours following the application. In doing so, a 48-hour notification would not be required.