Pesticide Treated Areas at Our Local Schools – What’s Your Opinion?

May 6, 2014 9:58 am · 36 comments


Many Claycordians have seen these signs, which show that certain areas of our local schools have been treated with pesticides.

This sign, recently posted at Hidden Valley Elementary School in Martinez is a good example, it shows what kind of pesticide is being used, and also gives a few warnings.

As you can tell, one of the areas treated is the blacktop, where children play. It also says “do not play on treated areas”, but doesn’t give a date/time as to when it would be ok to play on the treated areas, like the blacktop.

What’s your opinion on pesticides in schools? Do you think they should be used during the school year, or do you think they should wait for long breaks, like summer break, to use the potentially harmful products around children?

Rebel May 6, 2014 at 10:11 AM

They have been vague in their description for years! It is about time they chage their ways!

mamatosix May 6, 2014 at 10:26 AM

HMMMMMM? My thought “can we just have some common sense?!!!”
There is no reason to spray that crap there. There are way too many options that do not include poisoning our children.
Even better Monsanto? Common sense would say.. if it could harm our children do not do it.

94598 May 6, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Im surprised MDUSD isn’t spraying our kids’ schools as well.
After all, school policies are focused on dumbing down our kids- why not just blast them with chemicals- its faster.

What security May 6, 2014 at 10:35 AM

parents should know this prior to enrolling their children
Full disclosure of the cleaning supplies too.

Antler May 6, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Fortunately, regulations on the components in actual products are much tighter now. School staff will tell the children and/or will remove the signs when it is safe beyond the shadow of a doubt. Parents may want to jog their memories about contacting the companies for inspection and sign removal.

My guess is that the surfaces will be carefully hosed down just to be extra sure. But helicopter parents, please tell your children to stop licking the blacktop…just to be safe!

Horse n around May 6, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Let’s be real. Everything we eat, drink, breath, wear, touch whatever is bad for us. If they’re not spraying while the kids are in school for the day, then I wouldn’t worry about it.

Don May 6, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Ranger Pro is relatively safe. It has a slightly low pH which can irritate. It also reacts with galvanized steel producing hydrogen which is of course highly flammable.

PH Dad May 6, 2014 at 10:55 AM

According the documentation available on the web, this herbicide is safe after it has dried. The idea with application of this material is that it needs to be done at a time when it is not going to rain for a few days. It’s a liquid and the plants will absorb it and thus it kills the plants more readily. They can’t really wait until after school is out for the summer.
They should be more clear about the labeling and indicating when it is safe for children to re-occupy the area. They don’t think about how kids will tend to lick their hands before washing…

Hmmmmm May 6, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Can see both sides:
**Pesticides are potentially harmful to the kids: don’t do it
**Bugs, insects, (cockroaches etc) aren’t good to have around kids (spreading diseases etc): get rid of them!

Shoiley May 6, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Is the pope catholic?

This bugs me May 6, 2014 at 11:30 AM

If it’s a must, how about spraying only on Friday afternoons @ 5 or 6pm?

Mom of the Horde May 6, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Last time I checked, WCSD times their spraying so they’re doing it when students aren’t on campus and there are a couple of days for it to dry without kids around.

Now if they could just do something about the ground squirrels up at the Indian Valley campus. Damn things are attracting rattlesnakes, which end up on the playground.

@ 94583 #3 May 6, 2014 at 11:49 AM

That’s what they are saying, the government is intentionally Dumbing down our children with:

1. Public School System
2. Water Fluoridation
3. Forced Immunization

Yes might as well spry them down with pesticides too.

Silva May 6, 2014 at 12:25 PM

They used every nasty thing they pleased w/o any notice in my generation, and our classrooms were full of asbestos. Teachers even passed the stuff around so we could all have a close look and feel. I’ve only had one cancerous tumor so far.

hmmmm May 6, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Someone thinks children are pests?

Toyota May 6, 2014 at 12:41 PM

They did this on saturday which gives it plenty of time to dry, dont see what everyone is crying about.

Zoey May 6, 2014 at 1:05 PM

I think Ranger Pro is a herbicide, not a pesticide. It kills weeds, not bugs.

Pretty safe and common stuff.

J. May 6, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Ranger Pro is the generic of Roundup Pro and is exactly the same product and just as effective as the name brand. In fact, Ranger Pro is made by Monsanto, the same company that makes Roundup, so you’ll get the same professional-grade weed killer, for less. Ranger Pro will kill many annual weeds, perennial weeds, woody brush and trees. It is formulated as a water-soluble liquid with surfactant, therefore no additional surfactant is needed. Ranger Pro moves through the plant from the point of foliage contact to and into the root system. It is then absorbed into the soil and breaks down naturally, and therefore will not spread through the ground and kill neighboring plants.

VikingPrincess May 6, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Since there is still so much we don’t know…prefer healthier options if available. Have no idea what was used, why and where. I’d pull my kid out for this. I take it this was urgent?
Heck, I’m sure you’ve seen signs in a hospital or other places warning of radiation exposure etc. People still use the area.

Kirkwood May 6, 2014 at 1:51 PM

I just composed a post with useful information, but accidently left out my email addr. The system (Word Press) deleted my msg. requiring it be retyped.

To Hell with that!

Jojo Potato May 6, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Want something safer? Get the kids out there and have them pull weeds. Wouldn’t hurt them to do a little work. But, I forgot, they have to go to soccer/Kumon/baseball/boy scouts/religion/swimming/track/every other thing that we truck our little dears around to.

Elwood May 6, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Omigod! They’re using tetra ethyl methyl bad s**t!

Teenager in the 70's May 6, 2014 at 2:54 PM

No pesticide is safe, no matter what they try to tell you. Don’t let your kids attend a school that sprays pesticides. Also, please don’t spray pesticides in or outside your homes. Monsato (the maker of Ranger Pro pesticide) is a bully company that is getting rich by poisoning us with their pesticides and destroying the farmers. Monsanto has systematically eliminated most of the farmers who are their competition by means of expensive litigation. In this way, they have gained control over 80% of the U.S. soybean crop in just 11 years. Watch the documentary, “Food, Inc”. It will open your eyes to what’s going on in America.

If Mosanto says... May 6, 2014 at 3:52 PM

safe, it must be true. What company in their
right mind would put harmful chemicals into
our environment?

Juan Corona May 6, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Monsanto is the Devil.

anon May 6, 2014 at 7:44 PM

I’d like to know what is killing cockroaches every night. In the morning they are on their back’s still moving their legs and dying. Are we and the children breathing the same stuff that is killing the cockroaches?

Just me May 6, 2014 at 7:50 PM

Maybe, don’t use your car. Do you know what those fumes are doing.
It was sprayed on Saturday.that Gave it 2 days to dry. It takes about 5-10 min to dry. Don’t lick your shoes.

anonanonagain May 6, 2014 at 9:00 PM

No. Many pesticides are cancerous, disrupt our endocrine glands and can cause infertility. There are probably links to autism too.

hilly May 6, 2014 at 9:47 PM

ok yes pesticides are chemicals and not healthy to nose into..bit imagine what a school or other institution would be absent treatment.
the low clicking hum of a million roaches scurrying across floor tiles would necessitate amplified instruction; imagine the ping pinging of the roach shells airborn enmasse as students crowd halls scuffling all the way.
There would be a spring WING dance event honoring the annual termites taking flight from subterranean tubes rising from window sills everywhere.
the Mdusd would have adopted policy and annual disclaimers for parents to sign …release of liability for a ten page list of common and possible insect bite, sting, or exposure related diseases or complications associated with insects gone wild. yeah pesticides are horrible.

Julie May 6, 2014 at 9:55 PM

It’s posted only to meet their legal obligations but means nothing. It’s posted after the fact and there is no attempt to keep children away from treated areas. Typical bureaucracy – giving the illusion of protecting innocent kids but in reality nothing but extra paperwork for some government worker in between coffee breaks.

hilly May 6, 2014 at 10:30 PM

this topic and associated photo is such a contrived attempt to make issue and blacken the school district. C mon….it shocks that anyone believes these things are unregulated and that DDT OR MALATHION is used …via cropduster in one fell swoop district wide by a former Nam Hughey pilot named ” Floater” …because why? it benefits teachers and district employees in the charge of safe and healthy place to work and for kids to learn?
this topic is pointless. perhaps, rather than suggesting ISSues/Nonissues- the Claycord staff would consider topics to explore values rather than cast blame.
Elinor Roosevelt said,” Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” I see a whole lot of slamming of our police force, teachers, city officials, homeless, addicted, etc…how convenient to place blame and call it a contribution…point the finger and call it directing resources. this is quickly becoming a rag blog instead of informative and solution oriented. C Mon already.

hilly May 7, 2014 at 1:48 AM

julie and others…do u work on a school campus? is yrs testamonial or opinion based?
I have worked in district..on multiple campuses and I have not seen what is being suggested. yes it is regulation to post if fly spray or ant bait is used. heck the substance could be organic and they have to post. I have never seen spraying nor smelled anything pesticide while the postings are up. Community should be at least pleased that regulations are being adhered to correctly. These operations are not secretive or fact the purpose is for a safe and sanitary environment for kids. what do ya ll do at your homes if cockroaches, termites, hornets, ants or other pests infest your homes?

hilly May 7, 2014 at 2:51 AM

. as said before..this is a topic prompt to stir the pot and is not constructive. it is interesting that some parent would disenroll over spraying when we live close torefineries and freeway pollutions/.heck over exposure to the sun s uv rays has far
more potential to result in cancer.i can appreciate one writers comment about pulling weeds…unfortunately having kids do so would everything else…give rise to accusations of discrimination or wrongdoing so the district would have to have a volunteer student group make it their mission..interesting and innovative idea though, eh?
I thank the respondents who “get it” and are obvious thinkers.

im sure monsanto appreciates free advertising May 7, 2014 at 7:32 AM

Maybe let’s also address city workers spraying the crap out of weeds on the canal trail right by my dog and me. Not cool! Stop being lazy and pick those weeds by hand!

@Don May 7, 2014 at 8:42 AM

Stop posting facts. People on here only care about how they FEEL. Reason is dead in Don. You probably would have gotten further by pointing out the sign was also in Spanish and therefore it was OK because of “diversity n’ stuff”…

Shoiley May 8, 2014 at 1:39 PM

This program destroys the natural things in the environment. In the past I had an exterminator for bees. After that experience I no longer had the natural environment in my yard. It took years before I again saw a lizard in my yard.

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