Independent District No. 238
316 West Fillmore
Mabel, Minnesota 55954
Phone: 507-493-5422         Fax: 507-493-5425

ISD 238, Mabel-Canton Public School District
Pesticide Notice
September 2018
All Minnesota Schools are required to inform parents/guardians and school employees that they may request to be notified prior to pesticide application on school property. Pesticides include chemicals which are used to control insects, weeds, rodents or other pests as defined by the law (M.S. 123B.575, Subd.9)

In order to provide the required information, schools must maintain a list of parents/guardians and school employees who request notification. Schools must also provide information about individual pesticide applications upon request, including the name of the pesticide product, and the time and location of the planned application. An estimated schedule of pesticide applications is available for review or copying at the school office.

Pesticides and non-chemical treatments may be used in combination and around schools for a variety of reasons, including the control of pests which have the potential to bite, sting, spread disease, cause asthma, and/or trigger an allergic reaction. Pesticides may also be used to prevent or control damage to materials within the school building or to the school building itself, or to control pests or weeds that are seen as a nuisance.

The long-term health effects on children from the application of such pesticides or the class of chemicals to which they belong may not be fully understood. Children may be more susceptible to pesticides than adults due to the smaller size and rapid growth and development. Also their playful behavior may expose them to more pesticide residue.  To limit the potential pesticide exposure this school follows safety regulations to ensure pesticides are applied properly. All pesticide products, which are used in and around school building, are required with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In addition, school employees and certified and licensed applicators are required by state and federal law to comply with all requirements of the pesticide label, including building sites, application rates, re-entry intervals, posting, use of personal protective equipment, use restrictions, and disposal on the product label.

To be notified about pesticide applications, please contact the Superintendent at M-C Public Schools. Any other questions you have regarding the District’s pest management practices may also be directed to the Superintendent.

AHERA Annual Asbestos Notification
September 2018

During the past school year and continuing into the 2018-2019 school year, the following Asbestos Management plan activities have been or are currently being completed. These activities are pursuant to the Environmental Protection Agency 40 CFR Part 763 “Asbestos Containing Materials in Schools; Final Rule and Notice.”; two (2) semi-Annual Periodic Surveillance Inspections, notification of Asbestos Locations for Short-Term Workers, training of District Personnel.  Additionally, M-C Public Schools has contracted through Southeast Service Cooperative with the Institute for Environmental Assessment to provide environmental consulting services.

The complete updated Asbestos Management plan for M-C Public Schools can be found in the District Office. The Management Plan can be viewed, without cost or restriction, during normal working hours. Copies can be obtained for a fee of $.10 per page.  Any questions concerning this notice or an explanation of Asbestos Management Plan can be directed to Gary Kuphal, Superintendent.

Indoor Air Quality
August 2018

M-C Public Schools has developed an indoor air quality management plan for the district. The management plan addresses policies and procedures that will be used in the schools to address indoor air quality issues. The safety committee has approved the management plan and will review this plan annually.  If you have any questions concerning indoor air quality, or would like to use the EPA Tools for Schools checklists, please contact the district indoor air quality coordinator, Gary Kuphal, Superintendent.

Minnesota Statute 121A.335 requires public school buildings serving kindergarten through grade 12 to
test for lead in water every 5 years. This statute also requires school districts to make the results of the
testing available to the public for review and to notify parents of the availability of the information.
Notification may be accomplished by publishing a statement in the “Back to School” newsletter or
publication that is available to staff, student, parents and the public.
The Mabel – Canton School District is committed to providing a safe working and learning environment
for employees and students. The district has developed a lead in water management plan and testing
program that complies with Minnesota Statute 121A.335, as well as recommendations from the
Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Lead Contamination Control Act (LCCA) of 1988 and the
Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).
For more information on the District’s lead reduction and testing program, please contact Neil Folstad,
Head Custodian at (507) 493-5422.


Contact: Gary Kuphal