Subchapter S. Revisions to Minimum Standard Rules that May Affect Compliance

Anchored Televisions

746.3701 What safety precautions must I take to protect children in my child-care center?

This rule has been amended to require televisions to be anchored. This includes televisions that are mounted on the wall, televisions on rolling carts and televisions on any other surface.

 

Technical Assistance: For more information about how to anchor televisions and other furniture properly, visit anchorit.gov.

 

746.3703 How can I ensure the safety of the children from other persons?

This rule has been amended to include the ban of e-cigarettes and any other type of vapors. This means that if your operation currently allows the use of e-cigarettes or any other type of vapor on the premises, you must ensure that parents, employees and caregivers understand this is no longer allowed.

E-cigarettes and Vapors

  

Insect Repellents and Sunscreens

746.3801 What does "medication" refer to in this division?

This rule has been amended to clarify that insect repellent and sunscreen are not included as non-prescription medications, which means that insect repellent and sunscreen do not meet the definition of "medication" as outlined in minimum standard rules.

If your operation allows the use of insect repellent or sunscreens, and parents provide either of these products for their child, these products can be applied according to the product label instructions without following the minimum standard rule requirements for "medications".

 

Can my operation provide and apply insect repellent and sunscreen to all children in care?

Yes, as long as your operational policies outline that the operation will be providing these products and specify product type and application procedures. See additional information about operational policy requirements surrounding the use of insect repellent and sunscreen in Subchapter B of this presentation.

 

746.3901 What steps must I take to have animals at my child-care center and/or on field trips?

This rule has been amended to clarify that the requirements outlined in this rule also apply to field trips, which include:

• notifying parents in writing when animals are or will be present;

• ensuring the animals do not create unsafe or unsanitary conditions;

• ensuring that children do not handle any animal that shows signs of illness, such as lethargy or diarrhea; and

• ensuring that caregivers and children practice good hygiene and hand washing after handling or coming in to contact with an animal and items used by an animal, such as water bowls, food bowls, and cages.

This means that the requirements to keep children safe around animals at your child care center also apply away from your child care center. For field trips, your notification to parents may be included in the field trip notice.

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