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Child development homes; child care homes, 110.6(3), 110.8(3)“e,” 110.14(1)“f,” 110.15(1)“e,” 120.8(3)“e”

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ARC 5488C

HUMAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT[441]

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Rule making related to child development homes and child care homes

The Human Services Department hereby amends Chapter 110, "Child Development Homes," and Chapter 120, "Child Care Homes," Iowa Administrative Code.

Legal Authority for Rule Making

This rule making is adopted under the authority provided in Iowa Code chapter 237.

State or Federal Law Implemented

This rule making implements, in whole or in part, Iowa Code chapter 237 and 2020 Iowa Acts, House File 2485.

Purpose and Summary

This rule making modifies rules to allow child development homes to care for their total capacity of children without an assistant during an emergency school closing. Rules are also updated to ensure child development homes and child care provider agreements are in compliance with federal regulations requiring procedures to be in place regarding the inspection and handling of hazardous materials and biocontaminants by the Department.

Public Comment and Changes to Rule Making

Notice of Intended Action for this rule making was published in the Iowa Administrative Bulletin on December 16, 2020, as ARC 5337C. No public comments were received. No changes from the Notice have been made.

A reference to indicate that the Department is implementing this change because of 2020 Iowa Acts, House File 2485, has been added to the State or Federal Law Implemented section of the preamble because members of the Administrative Rules Review Committee have requested that agencies identify the specific legislation on which rule makings are based.

Adoption of Rule Making

This rule making was adopted by the Council on Human Services on February 11, 2021.

Fiscal Impact

This rule making has no fiscal impact to the State of Iowa.

Jobs Impact

After analysis and review of this rule making, no impact on jobs has been found.

Waivers

Any person who believes that the application of the discretionary provisions of this rule making would result in hardship or injustice to that person may petition the Department for a waiver of the discretionary provisions, if any, pursuant to rule 441—1.8(17A,217).

Review by Administrative Rules Review Committee

The Administrative Rules Review Committee, a bipartisan legislative committee which oversees rule making by executive branch agencies, may, on its own motion or on written request by any individual or group, review this rule making at its regular monthly meeting or at a special meeting. The Committee's meetings are open to the public, and interested persons may be heard as provided in Iowa Code section 17A.8(6).

Effective Date

This rule making will become effective on May 1, 2021.

The following rule-making actions are adopted:

Item 1. Amend subrule 110.6(3) as follows:

110.6(3) Exception for emergency school closing. On days when schools start late, are dismissed early, or are canceled or closed due to emergencies such as inclement weather, or physical plant failure, structural damage, or public health emergency, a child development home may have additional children present in accordance with the authorization for the registration category of the home and subject to all of the following conditions:

a. The child development home has prior written approval from the parent or guardian of each child present in the home concerning the presence of additional children in the home.

b. The child development home has a department-approved assistant, aged 14 or older, on duty to assist the care provider, as required for the registration category of the home.

c. b.One or more of the following conditions are applicable to each of the additional children present in the child development home:

(1)The home provides care to the child on a regular basis for periods of less than two hours.

(2)If the child were not present in the child development home, the child would be unattended.

(3)The home regularly provides care to a sibling of the child.

d. c.The provider shall maintain a written record including the date of the emergency school closing, the reason for the closing, and the number of children in care on that date.

Item 2. Adopt the following new paragraph 110.8(3)"e":

e. The provider shall establish procedures related to infectious disease control and handling of any bodily excrement or discharge, including blood and breast milk. Soiled diapers shall be stored in containers separate from other waste.

Item 3. Amend paragraph 110.14(1)"f" as follows:

f. If more than eight children are present at any one time for a period of more than two hours, the provider shall be assisted by a department-approved assistant who is at least 14 years old, unless extra children are present as a result of an emergency school closing.

Item 4. Amend paragraph 110.15(1)"e" as follows:

e. No more than 16 children shall be present at any one time when an emergency school closing is in effect. If more than eight children are present at any one time due to an emergency school closing exception, the provider shall be assisted by a department-approved assistant who is at least 18 years of age.

Item 5. Adopt the following new paragraph 120.8(3)"e":

e. The provider shall establish procedures related to infectious disease control and handling of any bodily excrement or discharge, including blood and breast milk. Soiled diapers shall be stored in containers separate from other waste.

[Filed 2/14/21, effective 5/1/21]

[Published 3/10/21]

Editor's Note: For replacement pages for IAC, see IAC Supplement 3/10/21.

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Rule 441-110.14(1)"f" Rule 441-110.15(1)"e" Rule 441-110.6(3) Rule 441-110.8(3)"e" Rule 441-120.8(3)"e"

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