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Release: #17-83
November 13, 2017
Contact: Jonathan Mendick
E-mail: communications@cde.ca.gov
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Superintendent Tom Torlakson Announces New Rules to Protect Students from Unintended Pesticide Exposure

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today praised the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR External link opens in new window or tab.) for adopting new rules to further protect students and school communities from pesticide exposure. These rules will take effect on January 1, 2018 and regulate agricultural pesticide use near schools and licensed child-care facilities.

“Children, teachers, school staff, parents, and school communities need safe healthy school environments to learn and succeed, and that includes protection from unintended, unhealthy pesticide exposure,” said Torlakson. “I thank Director Brian Leahy and the Department of Pesticide Regulation for their work in adopting stricter regulations with particular attention to avoiding chemical drift onto school sites. I am pleased we will have an additional layer of protection.”

With the new regulations, California growers must tell schools in advance what pesticides will be used nearby. Starting January 1, 2018, public K-12 schools, licensed day-care facilities, and county agricultural commissioners must be provided annual notification of the pesticides expected to be used within a quarter mile of schools and facilities in the upcoming year. Some pesticide applications will be prohibited within a quarter mile of these schools and facilities between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“These rules will help to further protect the health of children, teachers and school staff from unintended pesticide exposure,” said Brian Leahy, DPR director. “They build on our existing strict regulations and give an additional layer of protection.”

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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