Healthy & Safe Schools Plan (HASS Plan)
In 2017, the Oregon State Legislature passed SB 1062, which requires that, every school district, education service district, and public charter school develop a Healthy and Safe Schools Plan (HASS Plan). Each organization’s HASS Plan has specific requirements that must be included for the HASS Plan to comply with state law. All HASS Plans are due to the Oregon Department of Education by July 1, 2019. Additionally, each school district, education service district, and public charter school is required to certify annually that the organization continues to comply with the requirements of the HASS Plan by filing an Annual Statement.
Below is a summary of the Healthy and Safe Schools Plan
Black Butte School District operates Public Water System #410519, which supplies water to the school building from a well located on the school district grounds. The water system is registered with the State of Oregon and Jefferson County Health Department as a Non-Community/Non-Transient system. The water supply is tested quarterly for coliforms and annually for nitrates. Recent lead and copper testing (every 3 years) determined the water to be under the tolerable limits. Testing for SOC and VOC also has been successfully completed on a 3 year cycle. Arsenic, IOC (inorganics), and Nitrates are tested every 9 years. Lab results are available here.
A Water System Operations Plan and Coliform Management Plan are located in the District Office and are available for inspection. A complete battery of water test results also is available for inspection.
Should a water sample test positive for coliforms, a notice will be sent home to parents/guardians. The district will take immediate remedial action as delineated in its management plan. This will include the purchase of water for students to drink.
Black Butte School contains Asbestos-Containing Building Materials (ACBM). The material, located in the mechanic room and out of the reach of students, is non-friable transit and poses no health threat to those in the building. The asbestos area will have surveillance performed by the district manager every six months. Every 3 years, the building will be inspected completely. A management plan is located in the school and is available for inspection.
Black Butte School will conduct Radon testing before January 1st 2021 as mandated in ORS 332.166-167. Results will be updated accordingly.
Integrated Pest Management Plan
As of July 2012, all schools in the state were mandated to have an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plan. The IPM plan focuses on prevention and monitoring, with alternative eradication methods. The use of pesticides is the last choice and those pesticides allowed in schools are highly regulated. Part of the plan requires annual notification to parents and students as to pest emergency procedures, notification of posting procedures, and a list of potential pesticides to be used.
Notification and Posting:
When prevention or management of pests through other measures proves to be ineffective, the use of a low risk pesticide is permissible. Non-emergency pesticide applications may occur in or around the school at any time; however, preference shall be given to times when students are not in the building. If the labeling of the pesticide product specifies a reentry time, a pesticide may not be applied to an area of school where students will be expected before the expiration of that reentry time. If no reentry time is on product labeling, reentry will be based on the training and judgment of the IPM plan coordinator.
Written notice, via email, of a proposed pesticide application will be given at least 24 hours before application occurs. This notice will contain the name of the pesticide product, the EPA registration number, the expected area of application, the expected date of application and the reason for application.
Warning signs will also be placed around the pesticide application area no later than 24 hours prior to pesticide application and remain in place at least 72 hours after pesticide application. Pesticide product labeling may indicate a longer reentry time. The warning sign shall read, “Warning: Pesticide Treated Area.” The warning sign shall also give the date and time of application, expected reentry time, and provide a telephone number for the IPM plan coordinator.
Pest Emergency Procedures:
The declaration of the existence of a pest emergency is the only time a non low-impact pesticide may be applied. Evacuation and cordoning off the area are the first steps in a pest emergency. Notification is still required. If the pest emergency makes it impractical to give a pesticide application notice no later than 24 hours before the application occurs, the IPM plan coordinator shall send notice no later than 24 hours after that application occurs.
Warning signs shall be placed around the application site as early as possible, but no later than at the time the application occurs.
a) All pesticides used will be used in strict accordance with label instructions.
b) All pesticide application shall be administered by a state certified Public Pesticide Applicator.
c) No pesticide product, or active ingredient, shall have the signal words “warning” or “danger” on the label.
d) No pesticide used shall be classified as a human carcinogen or probably human carcinogen under the United States Environmental Protection Agency 1986 Guidelines for Carcinogen Risk Assessment.
e) No pesticide used shall be classified as carcinogenic to humans or likely to be carcinogenic to humans under the United States Environmental Protection Agency 2003 Draft Final Guidelines for Carcinogen Risk Assessment.
List of Low Impact Pesticides:
Product Name: EPA Registration Number: Type:
Crossbow 62719-260-5905 Herbicide
Raid Wasp/Hornet Spray 4822-553 Insecticide
Terro Liquid Ant Baits 149-8 Insecticide
The Black Butte School District historically has had few pest problems. Ants, yellow jackets, and mice are the main areas of concern; fortunately, pesticides rarely are needed to effectively control these species. The use of pesticides and herbicides also has been historically low in the district.