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LAWS AND RESPONSIBILITIES Which schools must comply with the Oregon school IPM law? • All Oregon public schools, public charter schools, and private schools; grades K-12; • Oregon community colleges; • Facilities operating an Oregon prekindergarten program; • Facilities operating a federal Head Start program; • ESDs (education service districts); and, • Oregon School for the Deaf (ORS 634.700(8)). What do schools or districts have to do by July 1, 2012? • Adopt an IPM plan for use on the school campus. • Designate an IPM Plan Coordinator. • Identify plan coordinator responsibilities. • Give notices of pesticide applications (ORS 634.740). • Start retaining pesticide application records (ORS 634.750). • License any employees making pesticide applications on school property. • Provide a process for responding to inquiries and complaints about noncompliance with the IPM plan. • Conduct outreach to the school community about the school’s IPM plan (ORS 634.705(1)). What is a pest? A pest is defined in ORS 634.700(5): “A pest means: (a) An insect or other arthropod; (b) A weed, moss, slime, or mildew or a plant diseases caused by fungus, bacteria, or virus; (c) A nematode, snail, slug, rodent, or predatory animal; (d) A bacterium, spore, virus, fungus, or other microorganism that is harmful to human health, or; (e) Other forms of plant or animal life that may infest or be detrimental to vegetation, humans, animals, structures, managed landscapes or other human environments.” Does this law apply to schools on tribal land? No, tribes are a sovereign nation and not subject to state law. However, information is available to any school or other entity to implement IPM practices.