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

747.3503 How can I ensure the safety of the children from other persons?

This rule has been amended to clarify that people whose behavior and/or health status "poses an immediate threat or danger" to the health or safety of children must not be present when children are in care and to add the ban of e-cigarettes and any other type of vapors. This means that if your child care home currently allows the use of e-cigarettes or any other type of vapor on the premises, you must ensure that parents, caregivers and household members understand this is no longer allowed.

E-cigarettes and Vapors


Insect Repellents and Sunscreens

747.3601 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 child care home 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 child care home provide and apply insect repellent and sunscreen to all children in care?

Yes, as long as your operational policies outline that your home 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.


747.3701 What steps must I take to have animals at my child-care home 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 home also apply away from your child care home. For field trips, your notification to parents may be included in the field trip notice.



Overseeing Release

747.3903 How does a caregiver verify the identity of a parent or a person a parent has designated to pick up the child?

In addition to clarifying the language for better readability and ease of understanding, this rule has been amended to specify that caregivers must be the individuals responsible for overseeing the release of children.

This means that as the permit holder, you are responsible for ensuring only caregivers release children from your care according to the verification process outlined in your child care home's operational policies. A household member cannot release children from your care.

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