Children & Schools

What Parents Need to Know
 Schools get notified directly from growers that intend to spray within 1/4 mile (or 25 feet, depending on pesticide type) of a school.  See below.
Growers are required to report for time period of July 1 – June 30, these were due April 30, 2019.  So ask your school administrator so you can get notice of what is being sprayed and when.
Question:  In the Ojai valley, many residents live close to growers so why aren’t these notifications provided to residents of unincorporated areas of Ventura County who live next door to growers?
 

https://www.cdpr.ca.gov/docs/enforce/school_notegulations, Title 3, sections 6690–6692 Increase Communication

Effective January 1, 2018:

  • Regulations apply to pesticide applications made for the production of an agricultural commodity within 1⁄4 mile of public K-12 schools and licensed child day care facilities, except family day care homes (collectively referred to as schoolsites)

  • Pesticide application restrictions will apply Monday through Friday, from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., within a specified distance of a schoolsite:

o Two types of restriction distances: 1⁄4 mile (1,320 feet) or 25 feet, depending on the type of application equipment used and type of pesticide applied (some application types are prohibited by labels or do not occur)

Application Equipment Type

Minimum Distance to Schoolsite by Equipment and Pesticide Type

Dust

Fumigant

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Granule

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All Other Pesticides

Airblast Sprayer

1⁄4 mile

Prohibited

Doesn’t occur

1⁄4 mile

Aircraft

1⁄4 mile

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Prohibited

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1⁄4 mile

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1⁄4 mile

Backpack Sprayer

1⁄4 mile

Prohibited

None

None*

Bait Station

None

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Prohibited

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None

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None

Ground-Rig Sprayer

1⁄4 mile

1⁄4 mile

None

25 feet

Hand Pump Sprayer

1⁄4 mile

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1⁄4 mile

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None

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None

Soil Injection

None

1⁄4 mile

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None

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25 feet

Sprinkler Chemigation

Doesn’t occur

1⁄4 mile

Doesn’t occur

1⁄4 mile

All Other Equipment

1⁄4 mile

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1⁄4 mile

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None

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25 feet

*Backpack sprayers that incorporate an airblast sprayer to apply “other” pesticides are prohibited within 1⁄4 mile.

o Exceptions to application restrictions: The prohibitions do not apply if school classes are not scheduled for the day of application or the child day care facility is closed during the entire day of the application. This allows applications during the day on holidays and school breaks

  • An option for an agreement between a schoolsite, property operator, and County Agricultural Commissioner with alternative application restrictions that provide the same or a greater level of protection as provided by the prohibitions

  • Field fumigations within 1⁄4 mile of a schoolsite must be completed at least 36 hours before the start of classes

  • An annual notification by property operators to schoolsites and County Agricultural Commissioners by April 30 that includes contact information and a list of all pesticides expected to be used within 1⁄4 mile of a schoolsite during July through June

o A new grower (through purchase or lease of a field) must provide the first notification within 30 days of assuming control of the property

CalAgPermits is the suggested online method that growers/property operators use to develop and submit the notifications.

www.cdpr.ca.gov/schoolnotify/

Notification to school sites and County AG COMMISSIONER

  • Grower must provide annual notification to schoolsites within 1⁄4 mile and County AG Commissioner by Apr 30 for the following July 1-June 30 year and include:

    • –  Summary of regulation and required statements

    • –  Map showing location of field(s) and schoolsite

    • –  Grower and CAC contact information

    • –  National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) website

    • –  List of pesticides expected to be used Jul-Jun – pesticides, not on list must be added at least 48 hours prior to use

    • –  Option for 3-party agreement that school requests

  • Grower retains notifications for 2 years