Ticks and Tick-Borne Disease

Use of insect repellant at school by a student requires parent/guardian permission but does not require a medication order since it is not considered a medication. Students may apply insect repellents themselves or request assistance from a staff member. Additional information on the safe use of insect repellents can be found in the NYSCSH Tick and Tickborne Disease Toolkit below.
NYSCSH Tick and Tick-Borne Disease Toolkit
In 2018, The NYSCSH and NYSED collaborated with the NYSDOH, NYS DEC, NYS Library, and other organizations to create The Tick and Tick-borne Disease Resource Toolkit. You can view all of the organizations involved by clicking on the Reviewer List provided here.
Professional Development | Webinars | PPTs

Tick and Tickborne Disease: Prevention is Key Training Program for Schools Webinar. This 29 slide presentation contains information that can be used to educate Boards of education, school staff, students, and community members. Clicking here will redirect you to our professional learning page to view the training. (NYSCSH,5/2018) Clicking here will take you to our Professional Learning page. 

Educators Lyme Disease and Ticks Webinar - Provides a customizable 10 slide PPT for educating students (5/2018). 

Tick and Tickborne Disease Resource Toolkit: Sample Education Strategies for Prevention Education on Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases - Provides an overview of ticks and tick-borne disease, sample lesson plans, and resources linked to the NYS Education standards (5/2018).

Tick-Borne Disease Infographic containing strategies to prevent, identify and respond to ticks and tick disease. Grades 4-12 (5/2018)

Tick and Tick-Borne Disease Resources list of tick resources for schools, caregivers, and community members (5/2018).

NYSCSH  Sample Field Trip Notification with Information for Parents on Insect Repellents (NYSCSH 5/2018)

NYSDOH Materials Order Form for Tick-Borne & Mosquito-Borne Disease  9/23/19  

CDC Resources  

Tickborne Diseases of the US: A Reference Manual for Health Care Providers, Fifth Edition 52 Pages (CDC, 2018)

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

Pesticide Management for Schools, Day Care Centers, and Parents

Be Tick Free Public Safety Web page- Provides methods to reduce exposure to ticks and offers information on personal protection using pesticides with a link to the NYS Pesticide Administration Database (NYSPAD) to search for personal insect repellents that are currently registered in NYS.

Pesticide Prohibition on Grounds at Schools and Day Care Centers - Under amendments to the State Education Law (Section 409-k) and Social Services Law (Section 390-g), no school or daycare center can apply pesticides to any playgrounds, turf, or athletic or playing fields. The requirements are administered by the State Education Department for schools and by the Office of Children and Family Services for daycare centers. Contact those agencies for information and answers to questions on the prohibition. Contact information is provided in NYSDEC Guidance. NYS Department of Environmental Conservation) Note: Individual use of insect repellents by students is permissible with parent permission and appropriate safety precautions on the method and location of the application.

NYS Education Department

Amendment to Education Law Section 1. Section 305 added a new subdivision 55  in relation to an education and awareness program on tick identification and protection. (June 3, 2015)

Tick and Tick-borne Disease Education In Schools Memo -This memo provides information regarding the collaboration of the NYS Education Department, NYS Department of Health, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, NYS Library, and other expert organizations to bring awareness, education, and resources to promote the education of students, families, and schools on the prevention of tick and tick-borne diseases. (5/29/2018)

NYSDOH Resources 

Tick and Insect Repellents: Deciding On Their Use- Fact sheet available in English and Spanish (NYSDOH, 5/2015)

Lyme Disease Resource Page -  Contains video and steps for tick removal, posters, and fact sheets on tickborne diseases (NYSDOH, Revised 3/2019)

NYSDOH Materials Order Form for Tick and Tick-borne Disease

NYS Integrated Pest  Management- Cornell University

Don't Get Ticked NY - Offers over 35 resources and a school-specific link related to ticks and tick-borne diseases including FAQs, Fact Sheets, Videos, Infographics, and a school IPM blog. (NYS Cornell IPM-College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Updated 8/2019)

US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Ticks and Schools - provides basic information about ticks,  management checklists, fact sheets, and other resources on ticks including Tick Safety in Schools   

See also: Insect Repellent

Page Reviewed 8/25/21