“When it comes to student learning and achievement, the physical environment is a full partner.” – Dr. Lorraine Maxwell, Cornell University
Despite decades of promoting school integrated pest management (IPM), bed bugs, cockroaches, lice, and mice continue to be a problem in schools. Part of the issue is lack of implementation of proven IPM techniques such as exclusion. Part of the issue is that some pests, like bed bugs, German cockroaches and lice arrive in backpacks, delivered supplies, and directly on students and staff. While schools often have plans in place to address these pests when they are discovered, it will take a wider community effort to prevent their introductions.
This Sixth Annual NYSIPM conference brings together a wide range of speakers to address and discuss the status of school IPM adoption and where we need to go in the future. If you or your family is impacted by pests or pest management on and off school property, this is the conference for you.
Our keynote speaker, Lorraine Maxwell, will discuss “Healthy Environments for Learning”. Her research has found that school building conditions, which include conducive conditions for pests as well as the presence of pests, impact the school’s social climate, which directly impacts student performance.
Alejandro A Calixto, NYS IPM Program Director, will open the conference with remarks on “Perceptions of IPM and Today’s Social Climate.”
SPONSORS Cornell AgriTech USDA-NIFA
COST $15 per person or $25 per school district
All participants who complete the pre- and post-test and conference evaluation will be mailed a F.I.T. tool, designed by NYSIPM’s Dr. Matthew Frye to help you evaluate potential rodent entryways and identify whether gnaw marks and droppings were caused by rats or mice.
For more information and to register, visit https://nysipm.cornell.edu/resources/nys-ipm-conferences/school-ipm-2020-where-weve-been-and-whats-next/.