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Section 290-2-2-.11
Operations, Health, Safety and Activities

 

Each center shall be operated in accordance with the following: 

 

(a) Policies and Procedures. Each center shall establish policies  and  

procedures which shall be kept current and made available to the parents  

and used to govern the operations of the center. The policies and  

procedures shall: 

 

1. Be consistent with applicable laws, regulations and these rules; 

 

2. Include a written description of services to be provided which  specifies  

the following: 

 

(i) Ages of children served, 

 

(ii) Months of operation, 

 

(iii) Days of operation,  

 

(iv) Hours of operation, 

 

(v) Dates center is closed, 

 

(vi) Admission requirements, including parental responsibilities for  

supplying and maintaining accurate required record information and  

escorting child to and from center, 

 

(vii) Standard fees, payment of fees, fees related to absences and   

vacations and other charges such as insurance, transportation, etc. 

 

(viii) Transportation provided, if any; 

 

3. The policies and procedures shall also include written procedures for  

the following: 

 

(i) Guidance and discipline techniques, 

 

(ii) Handling emergency medical care, including place(s) the children will  

be taken for emergency medical care, 

 

(iii) Administering medication and recording noticeable adverse reactions  

to the medication, 

 

(iv) Notifying parents of their child's: 

 

(I) Illness, 

 

(II) Injury, and 

 

(III) Exposure to a notifiable communicable disease, 

 

(IV) Noticeable adverse reactions to prescribed medication(s), 

 

(v) Exclusion of sick children, 

 

(vi) Exclusion of children with communicable diseases as defined on the  

chart of communicable diseases which contains recommendations for the  

exclusion of sick children and their readmission and is provided by the  

department, 

 

(vii) Protection of children in the event of: 

 

(I) Severe weather, 

 

(II) Fire, and  

 

(III) Physical plant problems, such as a power failure, that affects climate  

control or structural damages, and 

 

(viii) the center's transportation of children to or from school or home, if  

provided, to include the procedure to be followed if no one is home or at  

the designated drop-off site to receive a transported child. 

 

(b) Posted Notices. Each center shall post in a designated area for public  

viewing near the front entrance the following: 

 

1. The current day care center license or commission, 

 

2. A copy of these rules, 

 

3. A notice provided by the Department which advises parents of their  

right to review a copy of the center's most recent licensure or commission  

evaluation report upon request to the center director. The center shall  

provide any parent with a copy of this evaluation report upon request. 

 

4. A copy of the current communicable disease chart, as provided by the  

department, 

 

5. A statement allowing parental access to all child care areas  

upon_notifying any staff member of his or her presence, 

 

6. Names of persons responsible for the administration of the center in the  

administrator's absence, 

 

7. The current week's menu for meals and snacks, 

 

8. Emergency plans for severe weather and fire; and 

 

9. A statement requiring visitors to check in with staff when entering the  

center. 

 

(c) Confidential Information. Information pertaining to the children  

enrolled at a center is considered confidential and may not be released by  

center staff without first obtaining written permission signed by the  

parents except in the following situations.  Relevant information relating  

to the children's family situations, medical status cause and behavioral  

characteristics on the children enrolled at the center at any time shall be  

shared by center staff among caregivers on the center caregiver staff, with  

members of the Department or with other persons authorized by these  

rules or the law to receive such information, or with other persons in an  

emergency situation involving the child. 

 

(d) Parental Access. The custodial parent(s) of a child shall, at any time  

the child is in attendance, be permitted access to all child care areas of the  

center and shall make his or her presence known to center staff prior to  

removing the child from the center. 

 

(e) Health and Hygiene. The center shall meet the following minimum  

criteria:   

 

1. The department's current communicable disease chart of  

recommendations for exclusion of sick children from the center and their  

readmission shall be followed. 

 

2. A child shall not be accepted nor allowed to remain at the center if the  

child has the equivalent of a one hundred and one (101) degree or higher  

oral temperature and another contagious symptom, such as, but (ii) not  

limited to, a rash or diarrhea or a sore throat. 

 

3. Parents of any child who becomes ill or is injured shall be notified  

immediately of any illness or injury requiring professional medical  

attention, or any illness which may not require professional medical  

attention but which produces symptoms causing moderate discomfort to  

the child, such as, but not limited to, any of the following:  elevated  

temperature, vomiting or diarrhea. or the  

 

(i) Parent's specific instructions shall be obtained, and followed if  

appropriate, until the child is picked up or is able to return to the child's  

group. 

 

(ii) When a child shows symptoms of illness during the day, the child  

shall be moved to a quiet area away from other children where the child  

shall be supervised and provided the necessary attention until such time as  

the child leaves the center or is able to return to the child's group. 

 

4. If the child becomes ill or experiences an adverse reaction to a  

prescribed medication or is injured during the day and the illness, reaction  

or injury does not warrant professional medical attention or causes less  

than moderate discomfort to the child, the parents shall be notified of the  

illness, reaction or injury by the end of the day on which the illness,  

reaction or injury occurred. 

 

5. Parents of all children enrolled shall be notified, in writing, of the  

occurrence of any of the illnesses on the communicable disease chart, as  

provided by the department, within twenty-four (24) hours after the center  

becomes aware of the illness or the next working day. 

 

6. The center shall have a written plan which outlines how emergency  

medical services will be obtained. When a medical emergency arises  

involving a child, the center staff shall seek prompt emergency medical  

treatment and provide any certified or licensed emergency medical  

persons with immediate access to the child. 

 

7. Each building of the center and any vehicle used by the center for  

transportation of children shall have a first aid kit which shall at least  

contain: 

 

(i) Scissors, 

 

(ii) Tweezers, 

 

(iii) Gauze pads, 

 

(iv) Adhesive tape, 

 

(v) Thermometer, 

 

(vi) Syrup of ipecac (to be used only upon the advice of the physician or  

the poison control center), 

 

(vii) Ban-aids, assorted sizes, 

 

(viii)An anti-bacterial ointment, 

 

(ix) Insect-sting preparation, 

 

(x) An antiseptic cleansing solution, 

 

(xi) Triangular bandages, 

 

(xii) Rubber gloves, and  

 

(xiii) Cold pack.  

 

8. The first aid kit, together with a first aid instruction manual which must  

be kept with the kit at all times, shall be stored so that it is not accessible  

to children but is easily accessible to staff. 

 

9. Except for first aid, personnel shall not dispense prescription or non  

prescription medications to a child without specific written authorization  

from the child's physician or parent: 

 

(i) Authorizations to dispense medications shall be limited to two (2)  

weeks, unless otherwise prescribed by a physician. 

 

10. Personnel shall only dispense medications that are provided by  the  

parent and meet the following criteria: 

 

(i) The medication shall be in the original labeled container,  

 

(ii) The medication container shall be labeled with the child's full name,  

and 

 

(iii) Medicines which are no longer to be dispensed shall be returned to  

the child's parent immediately. 

 

11. Non-emergency injections shall only be administered by appropriately  

licensed persons unless the parent and physician of the child sign a  

written authorization for the child to self-administer the injection. 

 

12. the center shall maintain a record of all medications dispensed to  

children by personnel to include:  the date, time and amount of  

medication that was administered, any noticeable adverse reactions to the  

medication and the signature or initials of the person administering the  

medication. 

 

13. all prescription and non-prescription medications shall be kept in  a  

locked storage cabinet or container which is not accessible to the children  

and stored separate from cleaning chemicals, supplies or poisons. 

 

14. Medications requiring refrigeration shall be placed in a leakproof  

container in a refrigerator that is not accessible to the children. 

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(xii) Rubber gloves, and  

 

(xiii) Cold pack. 

 

8. The first aid kit, together with a first aid instruction manual which must  

be kept with the kit at all times, shall be stored so that it is not accessible  

to children but is easily accessible to staff. 

 

9. Except for first aid, personnel shall not dispense prescription or non  

prescription medications to a child without specific written authorization  

from the child's physician or parent:  (i) Authorizations to dispense  

medications shall be limited to two (2) weeks, unless otherwise prescribed  

by a physician. 

 

10. Personnel shall only dispense medications that are provided by the  

parent and meet the following criteria:   

 

(i) The medication shall be in the original labeled container, 

 

(ii) The medication container shall be labeled with the child's full name,  

and  

 

(iii) Medicines which are no longer to be dispensed shall be returned to  

the child's parent immediately.   

 

11. Non-emergency injections shall only be administered by appropriately  

licensed persons unless the parent and physician of the child sign a  

written authorization for the child to self-administer the injection.  

 

12. the center shall maintain a record of all medications dispensed to  

children by personnel to include: the date, time and amount of medication  

that was administered, any noticeable adverse reactions to the medication  

and the signature or initials of the person administering the medication.   

 

13. all prescription and non-prescription medications shall be kept in a  

locked storage cabinet or container which is not accessible to the children  

and stored separate from cleaning chemicals, supplies or poisons. 

 

14. Medications requiring refrigeration shall be placed in a leakproof  

container in a refrigerator that is not accessible to the children.  

 

15. Personnel shall, to the extent possible, keep children clean, dry and  

comfortable. 

 

16. Children's hands shall be washed with soap and running water:     

 

(i) Prior to eating meals or snacks, and 

 

(ii) After toileting 

 

17. Washcloth hand washing shall be restricted to children under the age  

of two (2) years and to those children with special needs who are not  

capable of washing their own hands.   

 

(i) An individual washcloth shall be used for each child. 

 

(ii) Washcloths shall be used only one time between laundering.     

 

18. Between each diaper change, unless the child is changed in his   own  

crib, the diaper change surface shall be:   

 

(i) Cleaned with a disinfectant, and 

 

(ii) Dried with a single-use disposable towel. 

 

19. Personnel shall wash their hands with soap and warm running    water  

immediately:   

 

(i) Before feeding each child,  

 

(ii) After: 

 

(I) Each diaper change, 

 

(II) Using tobacco products,   

 

(III) Eating,   

 

(IV) Drinking,   

 

(V) Toileting, 

 

(VI) Being contaminated by other means; and  

 

(VII) Prior to eating. 

 

20. The diaper changing area shall be clear of: 

 

(i) Formulas, 

 

(ii) Food, food utensils and food preparation items, and  

 

(iii) Any items which a child could reach while being changed which  

might harm a child.  

 

21. Separate containers shall be used for storing soiled disposable items,  

such as disposable diapers and disposable washcloths and soiled  

non-disposable items such as cloth diapers, washcloths and bed linens. 

 

22. Soiled item storage containers shall be: 

 

(i)  

 

(i) Waterproof or equipped with a leakproof disposable liner, 

 

(ii) Covered,   

 

(iii) Easily cleaned, and   

 

(iv) Maintained in such a manner so as the contents of the container are  

never accessible to the children.   

 

23. Children's soiled or wet clothing shall be stored in individual plastic  

bags after having been rinsed thoroughly. 

 

24. After each use, toilet potty chairs shall be: 

 

(i) Emptied by disposal in a flush toilet, and  

 

(ii) Cleaned with a disinfectant. 

 

25. Soiled laundry shall be stored in covered containers and kept    

separate from clean laundry.  

 

26. If laundry is done on center premises, the laundry area shall: 

 

(i) Be located outside the children's activity rooms or areas, and or  

 

(ii) Not be used as a passageway by children to travel from one area to  

another whenever any soiled or clean laundry is exposed.   

 

27. All parts of the center shall be kept clean and in good repair.     

 

28. Hygienic measures, such as, but not limited to, screened windows,  

covered containers for food and proper waste disposal procedures shall be  

utilized to minimize the presence of rodents, flies, roaches and other  

vermin at the center.  

 

29. Floor coverings shall be tight, smooth, free of odors and washable or  

cleanable. 

 

30. The following shall be cleaned with a disinfectant as specified: 

 

(i) Tubs after each use,  

(ii) Showers after each use,   g 

 

(iii) Bathroom areas daily,, and  

 

(iv) Food service areas daily 

 

31. The following children's personal items shall be kept clean:     

 

(i) Combs, 

 

(ii) Toothbrushes, and 

 

(iii) Cloth towels. 

 

32. Each child's personal items shall:    

 

(i) Be kept on individually labeled racks, in cubbies or lockers,  

 

(ii) Separated from the articles used by other children, and,  

 

(iii) Not used by any other child prior to being laundered or disinfected. 

 

33. No persons shall be permitted to use the same utensil for drinking or  

eating without the utensil having been thoroughly cleaned between uses. 

 

34. Drinking fountains, if available, shall; 

 

(i) Be safe and kept clean,    

 

(ii) Have regulated pressure,    

 

(iii) Not be mounted on sinks used for diaper changing activities, and      

 

(iv) Have an angle jet with an orifice guard above the rim.      

 

35. Single service drinking cups shall be provided when appropriate  

drinking fountains are not available.   

 

(i) Cups shall be discarded after each use unless the cups are sanitized in a  

dishwasher between each use.   

 

36. Garbage and organic waste shall be stored in containers lined with  

plastic liners and having tight fitting covers.   

 

37. Trash and garbage shall be removed from the building daily, or more  

often if necessary, to maintain the premises in a clean condition.   

 

38. Rooms with toilets and lavatories shall be equipped within easy reach  

of children with the following:   

 

(i) Soap,      

 

(ii) Toilet tissue, and  

 

(iii) Single use towels or cloth towels used only once in between     

launderings.   

 

39. To reduce the transfer of airborne diseases, sleeping and resting  

equipment shall be placed in the children's area as follows:,   

 

(i) There shall be a minimum of a twenty-four inch (24") corridor   

,between each row of sleeping or resting equipment,   

 

(ii) There shall be a minimum of twelve inches (12") between each piece  

of sleeping and resting equipment in each row of equipment, and   

 

(iii) Children shall be placed on sleeping equipment so that one child's  

head is toward another child's feet in the same row. 

 

40. Sleeping equipment shall be arranged in the child care areas during  

evening and nighttime care so that the children's sleep will not be  

unnecessarily interrupted by delivery and pick-up of other children. 

 

(f) Activities. The center shall provide a variety of daily activities  

appropriate for the children's chronological ages and developmental  

levels. Children with special needs shall be integrated into the activities  

provided by the center unless contraindicated medically or by parental  

agreement.   

 

1. Variety of Activities. Activities shall be planned for each group to  

allow for: 

 

(i) Indoor and outdoor play,     

 

(ii) A balance of quiet and active periods,  |  

 

(iii) A balance of supervised free choice and caregiver-directed    

activities,   

 

(iv) Individual, small group, and large group activities,     

 

(v) Large muscle activities, such as, but not limited to, running, riding,  

climbing, balancing, jumping, throwing, or digging;  

 

(vi) Small muscle activities, such as, but not limited to, building with  

blocks or construction toys, use of puzzles, shapes, nesting or stacking  

toys, pegs, lacing, sorting beads, or clay;  

 

(vii) Language experiences such as, but not limited to, listening, talking,  

rhymes, finger plays, stories, use of film strips, recordings or flannel  

boards;  

 

(viii) Arts and crafts, such as, but not limited to, painting, coloring,  

cutting, or pasting; 

 

(ix) Dramatic play such as, but not limited to, play in a home center, with  

dolls, puppets, or dress up; 

 

(x) Rhythm and music such as, but not limited to, listening, singing,  

dancing, or making music; and 

 

(xi) Nature and science experiences such as; but not limited to, measuring,  

pouring, activities related to the "world around us" such as nature walks,  

plants, leaves or weather, or experiences in using the five senses through  

sensory play.  

 

2. Schedules. A daily schedule for each group shall be developed to  

reflect routines and activities.  Schedules shall be:  

 

(i) Flexible but routinely followed to provide structure,   |  

 

(ii) Posted in each group's room or area, and    

 

(iii) Made available to parents upon request. 

 

3. Outdoor Activities. Outdoor activities shall be provided daily,   weather  

permitting, in accordance with the following:   

 

(i) Centers operating five (5) hours or more per day shall provide each  

child who is not an infant at least one and one half ( 1 1/2) hours of  

outdoor activity per day: 

 

(I) Infants shall spend at least one  

 

(1) hour daily out of doors; and   

 

(ii) Centers operating less than five (5) hours per day shall provide a brief  

outdoor period for the children daily. 

 

(iii) A child may be excused from outdoor activities for a limited period  

of time if there is documentation that outdoor activity is medically  

contraindicated or there is an occasional written request by the parent that  

the child be excused from outdoor activities for a very limited amount of  

time because of special circumstances.   

 

4. Individual Attention. Personnel shall provide individual attention to  

each child as evidenced by:   

 

(i) Responding promptly to the child's distress signals and need for  

comfort.   ,, 

 

(ii) Playing with and talking to the children.     

 

(iii) Providing and assisting the child with personal care in a manner  

appropriate to the child's age level, i.e. providing the child privacy in  

dressing, diapering and toileting functions as the chronological age of the  

child dictates. 

 

5. Routines for Children. Personnel shall provide routines for toileting,  

eating, resting, napping (depending upon the age of the children),  

intervals between activities, and doing school homework, if any.   

 

(i) Children shall be allowed as they feel the need to:  |  

 

(I) Go to the toilet, and   

 

(II) Get drinking water;   

 

(ii) Supervised nap or rest periods during the day shall be provided for  

children under five (5) years of age;   

 

(iii) Quiet activities for school age children, and other children who are  

not asleep shall be provided.   

 

(I) Children who do not sleep during nap or rest period shall not be  

required to remain lying down for more than one ( 1 ) hour during the  

day; and   

 

(iv) Opportunities for each child to make choices in a variety of activities  

shall be offered.   

 

(I) The use of entertainment media, such as television, video taped  

programs or movies and video or computer games shall be limited to:   

 

I. Television programs or computer software produced for the benefit of  

audiences comprised of young children;   

 

II. "G" rated movies, i.e. movies that have been rated by the motion  

picture industry as suitable for a general audience which includes young  

children, or movies that have not been rated but which have been fully  

previewed by the administrator who has determined that the movies were  

produced for the benefit of young children and are appropriate for  

viewing by young children.   

 

III. No more than two (2) hours daily per child or group; and   

 

IV. Provided only at times when alternative activities are available for  

children who choose not to participate. 

 

(v) Staff shall assist and encourage each child to become independent in  

the development of self-help skills, such as washing hands and face,  

dressing, eating and toileting.   

 

6. Activities for Children under Three.  Children less than three (3) years  

of age shall: 

 

(i) Be allowed time to play on the floor daily  

 

(ii) Not be routinely left in cribs or playpens except for rest or sleep; and  

 

(iii) Not spend more than one-half (1/2) hour of time consecutively in  

confining equipment, such as swings, highchairs, jumpseats, carriers or  

walkers.   

 

7. Evening Activities. During evening and nighttime care, activities shall  

be provided based on children's ages, hours of care and length of time in  

care: 

   

(i) Quiet activities and experiences shall be available immediately prior to  

bedtime.   

 

8. Field Trips. The center shall obtain written permission from the parent  

in advance of the child's participation in any field  

 

(i) The field trip permission notice shall provide details of the trip  

including:   

 

(I) The name/address of the trip destination, to  

 

(II) The date of the trip, in  

 

(III) Time of departure, and  

 

(IV) Estimated arrival time back at the center; and   

 

(iu) The written parental approval shall include: 

 

(I) Field trip destination, c  

 

(II) Parent's signature, and  

 

(III) Date of approval.    

 

(iii) A list of children and adults participating in the field trip and an  

emergency medical information card on each child to include allergies  

special medical needs and conditions, current prescribed medications that  

the child is required to take on a daily basis for a chronic condition the  

name and phone number of the child's doctor, the local medical facility  

that the center uses in the area where the center is located and the  

telephone numbers where the parents can be reached, shall be:    

 

(I) Left at the center; and 

 

(II) Taken on the trip and in the possession of the adult in charge of the  

trip. 

 

(iv) Each child on a field trip shall have on his person:   

 

(I) His or her name; and   

 

(II) The center's name, address and telephone number. 

 

(g) Safety. Disciplinary actions used to correct a child's behavior,  

guidance techniques and any activities in which the children participate or  

observe at the center shall not be detrimental to the physical or mental  

health of any child.   

 

1. Personnel shall not:     

 

(i) Physically or sexually abuse a child, or engage in or permit others to  

engage in sexually overt conduct in the presence of any child enrolled in  

the center, or|   

 

(ii) Inflict corporal/physical punishment upon a child, or     

 

(iii) Shake, jerk, pinch or handle roughly a child, or  

 

(iv) Verbally abuse or humiliate a child which includes, but is not limited  

to, the use of threats, profanity, or belittling remarks about a child or his  

family, or 

 

(v) Isolate a child in a dark room, closet, or unsupervised area, or  

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(vi) Use mechanical or physical restraints or devices to discipline  

children, or 

  

(vii) Use medication to: 

 

(I) Control children's behavior without written medical authorization  

issued by a licensed professional and given with the parent's written  

consent, or 

  

(II) Discipline, or 

 

(viii) Restrict unreasonably a child from going to the bathroom, or 

 

(ix) Punish toileting accidents, or 

 

(x) Force feed a child or withhold feeding a child regularly scheduled  

meals and/or snacks, or 

 

(xi) Force or withhold naps, or  

 

(xii) Allow children to discipline or humiliate other children, or   

 

(xiii) Confine a child for disciplinary purposes to a swing, highchair,  

infant carrier, walker or jumpseat, or 

 

(xiv) Commit any criminal act, as defined under Georgia law which is set  

forth in O.C.G.A. Sec. 16-1-1 et seq., in the presence of any child enrolled  

in the center. 

 

2. Sleeping and resting equipment shall be arranged to: 

 

(i) Avoid obstructing access to exit doors, 

 

(ii) Provide the teacher-caregiver access to each child, and 

 

(iii) Prevent children's access to cords hanging from window treatments  

and other hazardous objects. 

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|3. Children shall not be permitted: 

 

(i) In the kitchen except as part of a planned, supervised learning  

experience, or (ii) To wear around their necks or attached to their  

clothing, pacifiers or other hazardous items, or 

 

(iii) To participate in a swimming activity or any activity away from the  

center without the parents' written permission. 

 

4. Infants and children shall not be left unattended while being 

diapered or having their clothes changed on the diaper changing surface. 

 

5. All unused electrical outlets within reach of children shall have  

protective caps specifically designed to prohibit children from placing  

anything in the receptacle. Electrical outlets in use which the children can  

reach shall be made inaccessible to the children. 

 

6. Heating and cooling equipment shall be protected to prevent children  

from touching it. 

 

7. Fans, space heaters, etc. shall be positioned or installed so as to be  

inaccessible to the children. 

 

8. An operable telephone shall be readily available in the center with the  

following telephone numbers posted in a conspicuous place next to each  

telephone. In those areas of the state serviced by the 911 emergency  

number, 911 may be posted in lieu of the phone numbers required for (ii),  

(iii) and (iv) below: 

 

(i) A physician or hospital, 

 

(ii) An ambulance or rescue squad service,   

 

(iii) The local fire department,   

 

(iv) The local police department,   

 

(v) The county health department, and   

 

(vi) The regional poison control center.  

 

9. Construction and maintenance work shall take place only in areas that  

are not accessible to the children. 

 

10 Interior center door locks shall permit personnel to open the locked  

room from the outside of the room in an emergency. 

 

11. All floor level windows or full-length glass doors shall be constructed  

of safety glass with decals applied at the eye level of the children or such  

windows or doors shall have protective devices covering the glass  

designed to prevent the children from getting cut by the glass should it  

break for any reason. 

 

12. Doors to rooms not approved for child care, other than the kitchen  

doors, shall be latched or locked so children cannot wander into those  

areas.  Children shall not be permitted access to any area not approved for  

child care, including the kitchen. 

 

13. The center premises shall be free of plants and shrubs which are  

poisonous or hazardous. 

 

14. When permanent swimming or wading pools are located on the center  

premises, applicable local regulations regarding the design, construction,  

operation, and maintenance shall be followed. 

 

15. All swimming and wading pools shall be: 

 

(i) Inaccessible to children except during supervised activities; and   

 

(ii) Operated and maintained in accordance with acceptable health   

standards. 

 

16. The center shall have available at all times: 

 

(i) A licensed driver; and 

 

(ii) A vehicle which meets vehicle safety rules; or   

 

(iii) A plan approved by the department for alternative emergency  

transportation. 

 

17. Children shall not be transported in vehicles, or parts thereof, which  

are not designed for the purpose of transporting people, such as but not  

limited to truck beds, campers or any trailed attachment to a motor  

vehicle. 

 

18. The center shall develop a written transportation plan to ensure that  

children who are using transportation contracted for or provided by the  

center are accounted for in all situations arising from the use of the  

transportation . 

 

 (i) The transportation plan shall include a checklist for accounting for the  

loading, and unloading of children at any location. 

 

(ii) All transportation checklists shall contain the signature of the person  

conducting the check. 

 

(iii) All transportation checklists shall be turned over to the person in  

charge of the center immediately upon arrival of the children at the center 

 

(iv) Following delivery of children to homes/designated destinations  

either an oral or written report, shall be submitted to the person in charge  

of the center. 

 

(I) When an oral report is given, the written checklist shall be turned over  

to the person in charge on the next day of operation. 

 

(v) Transportation checklists shall be maintained as part of the records of  

the center for one (1) year. 

 

 (vi) At the completion of every trip, each vehicle shall be checked to  

assure that no child is left on the vehicle. 

 

(vii) Immediate action shall be taken to locate children missing from the  

transporting vehicle, the field trip site, the center or the children's homes  

if the center was responsible for transporting the children to their homes  

and the children were not delivered to the physical possession of the  

parents or other designated adults. 

 

(viii) Vehicles used for transporting children shall be maintained in  

accordance with these standards established by the department: 

 

(I) Each vehicle shall have a satisfactory annual safety check of: tires,  

headlights, horn, tail-lights, brakes, suspension, exhaust system, steering,  

windshields and windshield wipers; 

 

(II) A copy of the inspection report (Form#699), or its equivalent, shall be  

maintained in the center or in the vehicle. 

 

(ix) The transportation plan shall require that an emergency medical  

information record be maintained in the vehicle on each child being  

transported by the center. The emergency medical information card for  

each child shall include a listing of the child's allergies, special medical  

needs and conditions, current prescribed medications that the child is  

required to take on a daily basis for a chronic condition, the name and  

phone number of the child's doctor, the local medical facility that the 

center uses in the area where the center is located and the telephone  

numbers where the parents can be reached. 

 

(I) Inspection reports shall include the name of the person performing the  

safety check and the date that the inspection was performed. 

 

I. The interior of each transportation vehicle shall be;    

 

A. Equipped with a fire extinguisher inaccessible to the children and a  

functioning heating system; 

 

B. Clean; 

 

C. Free of hazardous objects or other non-essential items which could  

impede the children's access or egress from the vehicle or could cause  

injury to the children if the items were thrown about the vehicle as a result  

of a collision; 

 

D. In safe repair; and,  

 

II. No window, except the driver's in a transporting vehicle shall be  

opened to more than fifty percent (50%) of its capacity at any time  

children are on board. 

 

III. Each vehicle used to transport children shall contain the following  

current information: 

 

A. Names of all children transported and each child's:  

 

(A) Pick up location,  

 

(B) Pick up time,  

 

(C) Delivery location,  

 

(D) Delivery time,  

 

(E) Length of time on the vehicle,  

 

(F) Alternate delivery location if parent is not at home, and 

 

(G) Name of person to receive the child:  | 

 

a. A child shall not be dropped off at any location if there is no one to  

receive the child; and 

 

 B. Identification of the center's:  

 

(A) Name,  

 

(B) Driver, and  

 

(C) Telephone number.  

 

19. The motor shall be turned off, the brake set and the keys removed  

whenever the driver leaves the vehicle. 

 

20. Transporting vehicles shall be parked or stopped so that no child will  

have to cross the street in order to: 

 

(i) Meet the vehicle; or  

(ii) Arrive at a destination.   l 

 

21. Any vehicle used by the center to transport children shall have vehicle  

seats which are securely fastened to the body of the vehicle. 

 

22. All children under three (3) years of age transported in a vehicle  

provided by or used by the center shall be secured in a child passenger  

restraining system approved by the United States Department of  

Transportation under Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213 in effect  

on January 1, 1983. The child passenger restraining system must be  

installed and used in accordance with the manufacturer's directions for  

such system. 

 

23. There shall be no more than three (3) persons in the front seat of a  

transporting vehicle, including the driver. However, no child under the  

age of four (4) shall be permitted to ride in the front seat of the vehicle. 

 

24. In all vehicles required by federal or state law to be equipped with seat  

safety belts and those vehicles which have seat safety belts, all transported  

children three (3) years of age and older shall be secured with a safety seat  

belt installed in accordance with the manufacturer's directions and used in  

accordance with the manufacturer's directions lock with respect to  

restraining, seating or positioning the child being transported in the  

vehicle.  No vehicle used by the center in transporting 

children shall exceed the manufacturer's rated seating capacity for the  

vehicle.  The center shall maintain on file proof of the manufacturer's  

rated seating capacity for each vehicle the center uses. 

 

25. A child shall not be left unattended in a vehicle. 

 

26. Unless accompanied by his parent, no child shall be required to travel  

more than forty-five (45) minutes on each trip between the day care center  

and destination point, excluding field trips. 

 

27. The center shall assume responsibility for the child from the time and  

place the child is picked up until the child is delivered to his or her  

parents or to a responsible person designated by his parents. 

 

28. Animals shall be controlled to assure that: 

 

(i) Proper sanitation of the premises is maintained; and    

 

(ii) Animals are not a hazard to children, personnel or visitors at the  

center. No animals, such as, but not limited to, pit bull dogs, ferrets and  

poisonous snakes, which may have a vicious propensity, shall be  

permitted on the day care center premises at any time there are children  

on the premises; and 

 

(iii) Horses or other farm animals shall not be quartered on any    

property over which center staff exercises any control that is located  

within five hundred (500) feet of the building in which the center is  

located. 

 

29. All animals shall be confined in pens or covered areas except for is  

specific teacher-directed learning experiences. 

 

(i) Animal pens and confinement areas shall be kept clean and,    

 

(ii) Animals shall be properly vaccinated and documentation of the   

vaccinations shall be maintained at the center. 

 

30. Immediately prior to the center closing and being locked at the end of  

the business day, the staff member charged with the responsibility of  

mocking the center shall make a physical inspection of the entire premises  

to verify that no child is left on the center's premises. 

 

31. The center shall not allow any person to remain on the center premises  

if the person does not have a legitimate reason for being on the premises. 

 

32. The center staff shall comply with all applicable laws and regulations.


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