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WAC 110-300-0480

Transportation and off-site activity policy.

(1) An early learning provider must have and follow a transportation and off-site activity policy for personal or public transportation service, or nonmotorized travel offered to children in care.
(a) The transportation and off-site activity policy must include routine trips, which must not exceed two hours per day for any individual child.
(b) Written parent or guardian authorization to transport the parent or guardian's child. The written authorization must be:
(i) A specific event, date, and anticipated travel time;
(ii) A specific type of trip (for example, transporting to and from school, or transporting to and from a field trip); or
(iii) A full range of trips a child may take while in the early learning provider's care.
(c) Written notices to parents or guardians, to be given at least twenty-four hours before field trips are taken.
(2) During travel to an off-site activity, an early learning provider must:
(a) Have the health history, appropriate medication (if applicable), emergency information, and emergency medical authorization forms accessible for each child being transported;
(b) Have a phone to call for emergency help;
(c) Have a complete first-aid kit;
(d) Maintain the staff-to-child ratio, mixed groupings, and active supervision requirements;
(e) Have at least one staff member currently certified in first aid and CPR supervise children;
(f) Take attendance using a roll call or other method that assures all children are accounted for each time children begin and end travel to an off-site activity, and every time children enter and exit a vehicle; and
(g) Never leave children unattended in the vehicle.
(3) When an early learning provider supplies the vehicle to transport children in care, the program and provider must:
(a) Follow chapter 46.61 RCW, Rules of the road, and other applicable laws regarding child restraints and car seats;
(b) Assure that the number of passengers does not exceed the seating capacity of the vehicle;
(c) Maintain the vehicle in good repair and safe operating condition;
(d) Maintain the vehicle temperature at a comfortable level to children;
(e) Assure the vehicle has a current license and registration as required by Washington state transportation laws;
(f) Assure the vehicle has emergency reflective triangles or other devices to alert other drivers of an emergency;
(g) Assure the driver has a valid driver's license for the type of vehicle being driven and a safe driving record for at least the last five years;
(h) Prevent any driver with a known condition that would compromise driving, supervision, or evacuation capabilities from operating program vehicles; and
(i) Have a current insurance policy that covers the driver, the vehicle, and all occupants.
[WSR 18-15-001, recodified as § 110-300-0480, filed 7/5/18, effective 7/5/18. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.215.070, 43.215.201 and chapter 42.56 RCW. WSR 18-14-079, § 170-300-0480, filed 6/30/18, effective 8/1/19.]
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