DCF 251.07(6)(g)2. 2. Bodily secretions on surfaces shall be washed with soap and water and disinfected with a bleach solution of one tablespoon bleach to one quart of water, made fresh daily. Hands shall be washed immediately.
DCF 251.07(6)(g)3. 3. Children shall be protected from sunburn with protective clothing, if not protected by sunscreen.
DCF 251.07(6)(g)4. 4. Children shall be clothed to assure body warmth and comfort.
DCF 251.07(6)(h) (h) Universal precautions.
DCF 251.07(6)(h)1.1. Center staff shall adopt universal precautions when exposed to blood and blood-containing body fluids and injury discharges of all children.
DCF 251.07(6)(h)2. 2. All persons exposed to blood or blood-containing body fluids and tissue discharges shall wash their hands immediately with soap and warm running water.
DCF 251.07(6)(h)3. 3. Single use disposable gloves shall be worn if there is contact with blood-containing body fluids or tissue discharges. Hands shall be washed with soap and water after removal of gloves. Gloves shall be discarded in plastic bags.
DCF 251.07(6)(h)4. 4. For spills of vomitus, urine, feces, blood or other body fluids, center staff shall clean and disinfect the floors, walls, bathrooms, tabletops, toys, kitchen countertops and diaper changing tables.
DCF 251.07(6)(i) (i) Personal cleanliness.
DCF 251.07(6)(i)1.1. A child's hands shall be washed with soap and warm running water before meals and snacks and after toileting or diapering. A child's hands and face shall be washed after meals.
DCF 251.07(6)(i)2. 2. Persons working with children shall wash their hands with soap and warm running water before handling food, and after assisting with toileting and after wiping bodily secretions from a child with a disposable tissue.
DCF 251.07(6)(i)3. 3. Cups, eating utensils, toothbrushes, combs and towels may not be shared and shall be kept in a sanitary condition.
DCF 251.07(6)(i)4. 4. Wet or soiled clothing and diapers shall be changed promptly from an available supply of clean clothing.
DCF 251.07(6)(i)5. 5. Applicable rules under s. DCF 251.09 (4) shall apply to child care workers when children 2 years of age and older require attention for diapering and toileting.
DCF 251.07(6)(i)6. 6. If running water is not immediately available when outdoors or on field trips, soap and water-based wet wipes may be used. When running water becomes available, hands must be washed immediately with soap and running water.
DCF 251.07(6)(i)7. 7. Disinfecting hand sanitizers may not replace the use of soap and water when washing hands.
DCF 251.07(6)(j) (j) Injuries.
DCF 251.07(6)(j)1.1. Written permission from the parent to call a child's physician or refer the child for medical care in case of injury shall be on file at the center. The center shall contact the parent as soon as possible after an emergency has occurred or, if the injury is minor, when the parent picks up the child.
DCF 251.07(6)(j)2. 2. A center shall identify a planned source of emergency medical care, such as a hospital emergency room, clinic or other constantly staffed facility, and shall advise parents about the designated emergency medical facility.
DCF 251.07(6)(j)3. 3. A center shall establish and follow written procedures for bringing a child to an emergency medical care facility and for treatment of minor injuries.
DCF 251.07(6)(j)4. 4. First aid procedures shall be followed for serious injuries.
DCF 251.07(6)(j)5. 5. Each center shall have a supply of bandages, tape, and Band-Aids.
DCF 251.07(6)(j)6. 6. Superficial wounds shall be cleaned with soap and water only and protected with a bandaid or bandage.
DCF 251.07(6)(j)7. 7. Suspected poisoning shall be treated only after consultation with a poison control center.
DCF 251.07(6)(j)8. 8. A daily record of injuries shall be kept in the medical log book.
DCF 251.07(6)(j)9. 9. Records of injuries shall be reviewed by the director or designated person with staff every 6 months in order to ensure that all possible preventive measures are being taken. There shall be documentation in the medical log book that reviews have taken place.
DCF 251.07 Note Note: See s. DCF 251.04 (6) (c) on maintaining a medical log book.
DCF 251.07(6)(k) (k) Health examination and history.
DCF 251.07(6)(k)1.1. Each child under 2 years of age shall have an initial health examination not more than 6 months prior to nor 3 months after being admitted to a center, and a follow-up health examination at least once every 6 months thereafter.
DCF 251.07(6)(k)2. 2. Each child 2 years of age and older shall have an initial health examination not more than one year prior to nor later than 3 months after being admitted to the center, and a follow-up health examination at least once every 2 years thereafter. School-age children are not required to have a health exam.
DCF 251.07(6)(k)3. 3. The health examination report shall be made on an electronic printout from a licensed physician, physician assistant, or HealthCheck provider or on a form provided by the department that is signed and dated by a licensed physician, physician assistant, or HealthCheck provider.
DCF 251.07 Note Note: The department's form, Child Health Report - Child Care Centers, or an electronic printout from a medical professional may be used to document a health examination. Information on how to obtain the department's form is available on the department's website, http://dcf.wisconsin.gov, or from any regional licensing office in Appendix A.
DCF 251.07 Note Note: A HealthCheck provider is a medical professional associated with or employed by an outpatient hospital facility, a health maintenance organization, a visiting nurse association, a clinic operated under a physician's supervision, a local public health agency, a home health agency, a rural health clinic, an Indian health agency, or a neighborhood health center.
DCF 251.07(6)(k)4. 4. The health examination requirement under subd. 1. or 2. does not apply if the parent of a child requests in writing that the department grant an exemption based upon the parent's adherence to religious belief in exclusive use of prayer or spiritual means for healing in accordance with the teachings of a bona fide religious sect or denomination.
DCF 251.07(6)(k)5. 5. A child's health history on a form prescribed by the department completed by the child's parent shall be on file at the center by the first day of attendance. Information contained on the health history form shall be shared with any child care worker assigned to care for the child.
DCF 251.07 Note Note: The department's form, Health History and Emergency Care Plan, is used to record a child's health history. Information on how to obtain the form is available on the department's website, http://dcf.wisconsin.gov, or from any regional licensing office in Appendix A.
DCF 251.07(6)(L) (L) Immunization. The center shall maintain a record of immunizations for each child to document compliance with s. 252.04, Stats., and ch. DHS 144.
DCF 251.07 Note Note: The form, Day Care Immunization Record, may be used to record immunization information. An electronic printout from the Wisconsin Immunization Registry or other registry maintained by a health care provider may be used in place of the Day Care Immunization Record. Information on how to obtain the form is available on the department's website, http://dcf.wisconsin.gov, or from any regional licensing office in Appendix A.
DCF 251.07(7) (7)Pets and animals.
DCF 251.07(7)(a)(a) Animals shall be maintained in good health and appropriately immunized against rabies. Rabies vaccinations shall be documented with a current certificate from a veterinarian.
DCF 251.07 Note Note: Service animals used to assist persons with a disability are not considered pets when they are used as a service animal.
DCF 251.07(7)(b) (b) Animals that pose any risk to the children shall be restricted from the indoor and outdoor areas used by children.
DCF 251.07(7)(c) (c) Licensees shall ensure that parents are aware of the presence of pets and animals in the center. If pets and animals are allowed to roam in areas of the center occupied by children, written acknowledgement from the parents shall be obtained. If pets are added after a child is enrolled, parents shall be notified in writing prior to the pets' addition to the center.
DCF 251.07(7)(d) (d) Reptiles, amphibians, turtles, ferrets, poisonous animals, psittacine birds, exotic and wild animals may not be accessible to children.
DCF 251.07 Note Note: Psittacine birds are hooked-billed birds of the parrot family that have 2 toes forward and 2 toes backward and include parrots, macaws, grays, lovebirds and cockatoos.
DCF 251.07(7)(e) (e) All contact between pets or animals and children shall be under the close supervision of a child care worker who is close enough to remove the child immediately if the pet or animal shows signs of distress or the child shows signs of treating the pet or animal inappropriately.
DCF 251.07(7)(f) (f) Pets in classrooms shall be confined in cages while food is being prepared or served in the classroom. Pets, cages and litter boxes are prohibited in kitchens, lunch rooms, and food storage areas. Pet and animal feeding dishes, excluding water dishes, and litter boxes may not be placed in areas accessible to children.
DCF 251.07(7)(g) (g) Indoor and outdoor areas accessible to children shall be free of animal excrement.
DCF 251.07(7)(h) (h) If dogs or cats are allowed in areas of the center accessible to children, the certificate of insurance required under s. DCF 251.04 (2) (g) shall indicate the number and types of pets covered by the insurance.
DCF 251.07(7)(i) (i) Licensees shall ensure that the center is in compliance with all applicable local ordinances regarding the number, types and health status of pets or animals.
DCF 251.07(8) (8)Miscellaneous activities. A center which includes in its program watercraft, riflery, archery or horseback riding shall comply with the applicable requirements under s. DCF 252.44 (8), (9) and (11).
DCF 251.07 History History: Cr. Register, January, 1997, No. 493, eff. 8-1-97; CR 03-052: am. (1) (a) (intro.), (2) (b) and (e) (intro.), 1. and 3., Table 46.07 (title), (5) (a) 9., (6) (d) 5. (intro.), (e) 1., 2. and 3., (f) 1., a. and c., (6) (j) 5. and 9. and (k) 5., cr. (5) (a) 9m. and (6) (f) 2., renum. (6) (f) 2. and 3. to be 3. and 4., r. and recr. (7) Register December 2004 No. 588, eff. 3-1-05; corrections in (6) (e), (i) 5., (L), (7) (h) and (8) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register November 2008 No. 635; CR 07-102: am. (1) (a), (2) (e) (intro.), 1., (4) (b), (5) (a) 5. (intro.), (6) (a) 2., (c) (intro.), (e) 2., 3., (f) 1. (intro.), c., 2., (g) 3., (j) 8., 9., (k) 1., 2. and (7) (f), cr. (1) (a) 7., (2) (e) 5., (3) (f), (5) (a) 6m., (6) (f) 5., 6., (i) 6. and 7. Register December 2008 No. 636, eff. 1-1-09; 2015 Wis. Act 132: am. (6) (k) 3. Register February 2016 No. 722, eff. 3-1-16.
DCF 251.08 DCF 251.08Transportation.
DCF 251.08(1) (1)Applicability. This section applies to all center-provided transportation of children, including both regularly scheduled transportation to and from the center and transportation for field trips that are under the auspices of the center.
DCF 251.08(2) (2)General.
DCF 251.08(2)(a)(a) The center shall be responsible for a child between the time the child is placed in a vehicle until the child reaches his or her destination and is released to a person responsible for the child.
DCF 251.08(2)(b) (b) The following emergency information shall be carried in the vehicle for each child transported:
DCF 251.08(2)(b)1. 1. An address and telephone number where a parent or other adult can be reached in an emergency.
DCF 251.08(2)(b)2. 2. The name, address, and telephone number of the child's physician or medical facility.
DCF 251.08(2)(b)3. 3. Written consent from the child's parent for emergency medical treatment.
DCF 251.08 Note Note: The licensee may use either the department's form, Transportation Permission — Child Care Centers, or the licensee's own form to obtain consent of the child's parent for emergency medical treatment. Information on how to obtain the department's form is available on the department's website, http://dcf.wisconsin.gov, or from any regional licensing office in Appendix A.
DCF 251.08(2)(c) (c) Smoking is prohibited in the vehicle while children are being transported.
DCF 251.08(2)(d) (d) The center administrator shall submit a copy of any accident report to the department within 5 days after the occurrence of an accident involving a vehicle transporting children.
DCF 251.08(3) (3)Driver.
DCF 251.08(3)(a)(a) The driver of a center-provided vehicle shall be or have all of the following:
DCF 251.08(3)(a)1. 1. At least 18 years of age.
DCF 251.08(3)(a)2. 2. A valid Wisconsin operator's license for the type of vehicle driven.
DCF 251.08(3)(a)3. 3. At least one year of experience as a licensed driver.
DCF 251.08(3)(b) (b) The licensee shall obtain a copy annually of the driving record for each driver of a center-provided vehicle and shall place the record in the staff file. The licensee shall review each driving record to ensure that the driver has no accidents or traffic violations that would indicate that having children ride with the driver could pose a threat to the children.
DCF 251.08 Note Note: Information on how to obtain driver license records can be obtained by contacting the Department of Transportation at 608-261-2566 or http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/drivers/drivers/points/abstract.htm.
DCF 251.08(3)(c) (c) A driver whose driving record poses a threat to the children may not transport children.
DCF 251.08(4) (4)Vehicle.
DCF 251.08(4)(a)(a) A vehicle used to transport children shall be:
DCF 251.08(4)(a)1. 1. Registered in Wisconsin.
DCF 251.08(4)(a)2. 2. Clean, uncluttered and free of obstructions on the floors, aisles and seats.
DCF 251.08(4)(a)3. 3. Enclosed. Children may not be transported in a truck except in the cab.
DCF 251.08(4)(b)1.1. Each child who is under 1 year of age or who weighs less than 20 pounds shall be properly restrained in a rear-facing individual child car safety seat when being transported in a vehicle as specified in s. 347.48, Stats.
DCF 251.08(4)(b)2. 2. Each child who is at least 1 year of age but less than 4 years of age or who weighs at least 20 pounds but less than 40 pounds shall be properly restrained in a forward-facing individual child car safety seat when being transported in a vehicle as specified in s. 347.48, Stats.
DCF 251.08(4)(b)3. 3. Each child who is at least 4 years of age but less than 8 years, weighing not more than 80 pounds or taller than 4 feet 9 inches shall be properly restrained in a shoulder-positioning child booster seat when being transported in a vehicle as specified in s. 347.48, Stats.
DCF 251.08(4)(b)4. 4. Each child who is not required to be transported in an individual child car safety seat or booster seat when being transported in a vehicle shall be properly restrained by a seat belt. Each adult in the vehicle shall be properly restrained by a seat belt. Seat belts may not be shared.
DCF 251.08(4)(b)5. 5. Children transported in school buses or vehicles built to school bus standards shall be properly seated according to the manufacturer's specifications.
DCF 251.08(4)(c) (c) Passenger doors shall be locked at all times when a vehicle transporting children is moving.
DCF 251.08(4)(d) (d) Children under age 13 may not ride in the front seat of a vehicle.
DCF 251.08(5) (5)Vehicle capacity and supervision.
DCF 251.08(5)(a)(a) Children may not be left unattended in a vehicle.
DCF 251.08(5)(b) (b) When children are transported in a vehicle, there shall be at least one adult supervisor in addition to the driver in either of the following circumstances:
DCF 251.08(5)(b)1. 1. There are more than 3 children who are either under 2 years of age or have a disability which limits their ability to respond in an emergency.
DCF 251.08(5)(b)2. 2. There are more than 10 children under 5 years of age in the vehicle.
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