Arizona Arizona

Licensing Standards for DayCare Centers

Transportation of Children and Field Trips

A. Prior to transporting enrolled children for any reason, the provider shall obtain written authorization from the child's parent or guardian.

B. Vehicle and driver requirements:

  1. The vehicle shall be maintained in a mechanically safe condition which shall be verified by the provider's vehicle maintenance records:

  2. Vehicle drivers for enrolled children shall be 18 years of age or older, hold a current and valid Arizona driver's license and a current first-aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation certificate.

  3. Persons with a suspended driver's license or with a record of arrest or conviction for DWI within the past three years shall not transport enrolled children:

  4. Children shall not be transported in vehicles which are not constructed for the purpose of transporting people such as truck beds, campers or any trailered attachment to a motor vehicle;

  5. All children shall be seated on seats which are securely fastened to the body of the vehicle and which provide sufficient space for the child's body;

  6. Seat belts or child restraint devices shall be required of all children when they are transported in a vehicle which weighs under 10.000 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW). In addition, children four years of age or younger and weighing 40 pounds or less must be properly secured in a child safety seat;

  7. No personnel or child shall stand or sit on the floor while vehicle is in motion:

  8. Vehicles used to transport children shall have operable heating and air conditioning: and

  9. A first-aid kit which meets requirements specified in A.A.C. R9-5-907 (B) and too large clean towels or blankets shall be maintained in each vehicle.

C. Transport safety requirements:

  1. The provider shall immediately notify the Department of any traffic accident involving children being transported by the provider and submit a written accident report to the Department within five working days on Department approved report forms along with the copy of any police report pertaining to the accident:

  2. No child shall be allowed to open or close doors of vehicles transporting enrolled children:

  3. Headphones or earphones shall not be worn by the driver of a vehicle while transporting enrolled children.

  4. The provider shall maintain a safe vehicle loading and unloading area for children which is located away from any hazard:

  5. When away from the facility, the vehicle shall be parked at curbside to load and unload children. When a curbside location is not available, an adult shall find or make a safe path for children to enter or exit the vehicle prior to loading and unloading:

  6. The vehicle driver shall remove the keys from the vehicle and set the emergency brake before exiting the vehicle:

  7. Vehicle doors shall remain locked at all times when the vehicle is in motion: and

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

D. Field trip requirements.

  1. The provider shall obtain driven permission from the parent or guardian in advance of the child's participation in a field trip. The field trip permission notice shall provide details of the trip including the purpose of the field trip, time of departure and arrival at the day care group home, and the address of the trip destination.

2 A copy of the emergency information record for each child participating in the field trip shall be taken on all field trips.

  1. Sufficient water or other beverages shall be available to children as necessary for the entire trip and;

  2. Each child shall have on his person, in plain view, the provider's name, address, and telephone number. The child's first and last name shall be placed inconspicuously on his person.

Historical Note

Adopted as an emergency effective July 3,1989, pursuant to A.R.S. § 41-1026, valid for only 90 days: Emergency rule readopted and amended effective September 28, 1989, pursuant to A.R.S. § 41-1026, valid for only 90 days (Supp. 89-3).
Emergency rule readopted effective December 27, 1989, pursuant to A.R.S. § 41-1026, valid for only 90 days (Supp.89-4).
Emergency rule readopted effective April 3, 1990, pursuant to A.R.S. § 41 -1026, valid for only 90 days (Supp. 90-2).
Emergency expired. Emergency rule readopted effective July 9, 1990, pursuant to A.R.S. § 41-1026, valid for only 90 days (Supp. 90-3). Emergency rule permanently adopted with changes effective October 4, 1990 (Supp. 90-4).

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