CA Child Care Disaster Plan
The California Child Care Disaster Plan is an Annex to the State of California Emergency Plan to provide guidance for communication and coordination in the event of a disaster that affects the child care infrastructure. The California Child Care Disaster Plan provides information and resources to support child care providers, children in their care, and their families before, during, and after an emergency or disaster
Child Care Staff & Volunteer Immunization Requirements
IMPLEMENTATION PLAN FROM LICENSING:
Licensing Program Analysts (LPA) will review personnel records to ensure that all employees and volunteers at a child care center or family child care home have been immunized against pertussis, measles and influenza, unless they qualify for an exemption. LPAs will additionally review records to ensure compliance with the tuberculosis clearance requirement as modified.
For purposes of this immunization requirement, a volunteer is defined as any non-employee who provides care and supervision to children in care (Health and Safety Code sections 1596.7995 (e) and 1597.622 (d)). Within a child care center, “care and supervision” is defined in Title 22, California Code of Regulations, section 101152 (c) (3), which includes the provision of basic services necessary to obtain and maintain a child care center license. Within a family child care home, the Department shall address whether a volunteer is engaged in care and supervision on a case-by-case basis.
In regard to the tuberculosis clearance, LPAs will review LIC 503 health screening reports for child care center volunteers and employees to establish there is a negative tuberculosis skin test for them (Title 22, California Code of Regulations section 101216(g); Health and Safety Code section 1597.055(a)(5)).
LPAs will allow child care centers to rely upon a certificate of freedom from infectious tuberculosis for teachers as an alternative to the skin test (Health and Safety Code section 1597.055(a)(5)).
LPAs will require family child care homes to establish a tuberculosis clearance for any adult in the home during the time that children are under care by means of a certificate of freedom from infectious tuberculosis. An adult can obtain a certificate by means of a risk assessment, negative tuberculosis test or, upon testing positive, an X-ray of the lungs, establishing freedom from infectious tuberculosis.
Until regulations are updated, LPAs will cite the following statutory and regulatory authority for violations:
Child Care Centers:
• Employees or Volunteers who fail to have appropriate records for immunizations:
- Health and Safety Code section 1596.7995
• Employees and Volunteers who fail to have proof of a tuberculosis test:
- Title 22, California Code of Regulations section 101216(g)
• Teachers who fail to have proof of tuberculosis clearance:
- Health and Safety Code section 1597.055(a)(5)
Required Healthy Schools Act Training for You & Your Staff
By: California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR) Staff
What is the new HSA training requirement?
Beginning July 1, 2016 school IPM coordinators and anyone who may apply a pesticide at a school or child care center must take a DPR-approved training course before making a pesticide application.
Who needs to take an HSA training course?
Anyone using a pesticide, including licensed pesticide applicators, at a school or child care center needs to take an HSA training course. This includes, but is not limited to disinfecting wipes, sanitizers, and weed-killers.
How often must HSA training be completed?
School district staff, child care center staff, and any other unlicensed individuals using pesticides at a school or child care center must take a training course each year.
Licensed pesticide applicators must take a training course once during each renewal period.
What courses will meet the training requirement?
A course must be approved by DPR and must meet the training requirements as outlined in the Healthy Schools Act. Check the sections below for more information about approved courses.
Child care program managers should be aware of a new training requirement that took effect July 1, 2016.
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