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PDFWAC 110-301-0480

Transportation and off-site activity policy.

(1) A school-age 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 in a vehicle 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 school-age 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, a school-age 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 and active supervision requirements;
(e) Have current first aid and CPR certification pursuant to WAC 110-301-0106(9);
(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 a school-age 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.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.216.055 and 43.216.065. WSR 21-10-035, ยง 110-301-0480, filed 4/27/21, effective 6/1/21.]
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