Harmful Substances

  • The health and safety of students, staff and visitors at Pittsford Schools is extremely important.  Below you will find information on district procedures relating to harmful substances.

    Notification of Pesticide Use

    All public and non-public schools are required to inform parents, faculties and staff of a New York State Education law regarding notification of pesticide use in school buildings and on school grounds during the school year.  There are three communication requirements under this law.

    1. Notification each fall providing information on the law and its requirements.
    2. Notification 48 hours prior to certain pesticide applications at your school building.  The following pesticide applications are not subject to prior notification requirements:
    • a school remains unoccupied for a continuous 72 hours following an application;
    • anti-micro products;
    • non-volatile rodenticides in tamper resistant bait stations in areas inaccessible to children;
    • silica gels and other non-volatile ready to use paste, foams, or gels in areas inaccessible to children;
    • boric acid and disodium octaborate tetrahydrate;
    • the application of EPA designated biopesticides;
    • the application EPA designated exempt materials under 40CFR152.25;
    • the use of aerosol products with a directed spray in containers of 18 fluid ounces or less when used to protect individuals from imminent threat from stinging and biting insects including venomous spiders, bees, wasps and hornets.

         3.  Notification in December, April and June if other applications have
              occurred.

    Currently, Pittsford Central Schools does not regularly apply pesticides at any of its buildings or building sites.  Prevention practices have been the preferred method of control.  Any pesticide applications that may be made will be in response to a particular need at a building and would be applied by a certified pesticide control technician. 

    Asbestos Compliance

    The federal law AHERA, enacted in 1987, requires all school districts to inspect and develop a management plan for asbestos found in their school buildings.

    Pittsford School District is in compliance with these requirements.  Preventative measures or response actions taken to comply with the Federal and State Asbestos Regulations were developed in the school district's management plan.

    Pittsford school district facilities are inspected every six months to remain in federal and state compliance.  These inspections help provide an environment that is clean and free from asbestos.  Other activities, which include the training of the maintenance staff to increase their awareness of asbestos and prevent disturbance while making daily surveillance checks, ensure a safer environment for staff and students.

    Details of all asbestos activities are described in the district's AHERA management plan, which is available for review in the District Administration Building.