Children's and Families Protection Act

The Children and Families Protection Act’s (333 CMR 14.00) purpose is to regulate the use of pesticides within schools, daycares or school age child care program facilities. Certain facilities are required to create and implement Integrated Pest Management Plans.  The goal of these plans is to reduce the risks of pesticide applications at schools and daycares.

The CFPA requires schools and daycares must include mosquito control in their IPM Plans if pesticide spraying  for mosquitoes is likely. (For the full text of the act and additional information follow the link to the state's web page below.)

  1. The school/daycares must have an outside IPM plan on file with the Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR).

  1. The school/daycares's IPM plan must identify mosquitoes as a pest and list the pesticide to be used as, Duet with Prallethrin, Sumethrin and Piperonyl as the active ingredients, EPA reg. number 1021-1795-8329 and Zenivex E4 RTU with Etofenprox as the active ingredient, EPA reg. number 2724-807.


If the above conditions are in place, the school/daycare can request to be sprayed by using the Request for Spraying Form. The form must be completed and faxed to the Project at (781)-582-1276.  Please be certain to include a return fax number.

After receiving your request, the Project will respond by faxing you a completed Standard Written Notification Form, which is our answer to your request and becomes the first of three documents that you will use to complete your required notification to students and parents.


Notification Documents

The following documents are required to be part of the notification process:

  • The Standard Written Notification Form
  • The Consumer Bulletin
  • The Pesticide Fact Sheet

Notification Options

  • Hard copies distributed to Students, Parents, and Employees
  • Email
  • Posting on school website


Most schools put the three documents on the school's website and direct parents to this information by use of an all call phone system or by a letter brought home by students.

Notification Timing

Standard written notification shall be issued to parents and employees no less than two working days and no more than seven working days prior to any pesticide application made to outdoor school property.


        a) Standard Written Notification shall be issued for every outside pesticide application.


        b) In the case of a situation where the pesticide application cannot be made on the proposed date, the application may take place during the following 72 hours

            without issuing a new Standard Written Notification.


        c) If a school administrator is aware of any scheduled use of outside property by youth groups, he or she shall inform the organizers of any such group regarding

            the proposed pesticide application.

Additional Information

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) has specific expectations for school IPM plans if you anticipate that spraying for mosquitoes may be necessary.External link opens in new tab or window


If your school's IPM plan identifies mosquitoes as a pest to be controlled and it includes the pesticides listed above, you should not need to request an Emergency Waiver from your local board of health.  An Emergency Waiver will only be necessary if you need to waive the notification time requirements (less than two working days prior to spraying).


If a school has not identified mosquitoes as a pest and the above pesticides in their IPM plan, it can only be sprayed through the Emergency Waiver Process.

Records of pesticide applications must be kept on file for 5 years.

Day Care Exemptions

Any exempt program will have one of the following designations on their EEC issued license:

1. Family Childcare

2. Family Childcare Plus

3. Large Family Childcare


All other licensed childcare, daycare and after-school programs need to follow

the CFPA.


Additional Resources

Massachusetts Children and Families Protection Act: External link opens in new tab or windowCFPA web page

Forms and handouts

School Request Form 598.4KB
Pyrethrins and Pyrethroids Fact Sheet
Consumer Information Bulletin 146.1KB

Submit a Spray Request

(school and daycare only)

School/Daycare Name





Phone Number

Requested Date of Spray

Description of area(s) to be sprayed

 Has the school submitted an outside IPM plan to the MDAR 

       Does the IPM plan list the following pesticides?

                   Duet with Prallethrin, Sumethrin, and Piperonyl as the active ingredients, EPA reg# 1021-1795-8329

                   Zenivex E4 RTU with Etofenprox as the active ingredient, EPA reg# 2724-807

 The school will follow the guidelines for "standard written notification" as outlined in the Children's and Families Protection Act. PCMCP will send the Standard                 Written Notification form, Consumer Bulletin, and Pesticide Fact Sheets to the email listed above.


      Exemption from Standard Written Notification

 There are no school sponsored activities scheduled for five or more consecutive days after the pesticide application.

Name of Requestor