Wilton schools look to adopt pesticide application policy

The Wilton Public School District will soon adopt a pesticide application policy, as discussed by the Board of Education during its Nov. 10 meeting.

Following a policies audit over the summer, the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) provided the district with "some really good recommendations” about its existing policies, said Superintendent Kevin Smith.

The CABE also highlighted policies the district lacks, said Smith, and pesticide application was one of those.

“We have the practice in place,” said Smith. “Now we’re just writing the policy to catch up with the existing practice.”

The pesticide policy will require the school district to not only notify parents, guardians and staff when pesticides will be used in non-emergency situations in school buildings or on school grounds, but also maintain written record of all pesticide applications for five years.

Furthermore, parents, guardians and staff who want to receive advance notice of all pesticide use may contact the Buildings, Grounds and Transportation office and request to be listed on a registry, according to the proposed policy, “and such notice will be provided as required by law.”

The board will vote on the policy during its next meeting, scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 8, 7 p.m., in the Wilton High School Professional Library.

Click here to view the proposed pesticide application policy.