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(a) A child care facility with one or more employees or regular volunteers shall provide personnel policies to employees and regular volunteers at the time they start work with children. The personnel policies must include, as applicable,
(1) personnel qualifications;
(2) the job description applicable to the employee or regular volunteer; and
(3) procedures for annual evaluation.
(b) A child care facility shall, either directly or by delegation to the administrator,
(1) provide for screening, scheduling, and supervising of all employees, volunteers, and others who provide services in the child care facility;
(2) schedule work hours, so that a child care associate is available to staff and children in a child care center serving 30 or more children, except for short absences;
(3) obtain a criminal justice information report on each employee or regular volunteer before employment or volunteer service; the report must contain criminal justice information at the level available to an interested person under AS 12.62.160 (b)(9);
(4) remove an individual from contact with children when the administrator has reason to believe that the individual has abused a child or furnished a child with alcohol, tobacco, or a controlled substance;
(5) remove an individual from contact with children when the administrator has reason to believe that the individual is in violation of 4 AAC 62.210(b) (1) - (5); and
(6) ensure that an employee's or volunteer's ability to perform assigned duties is not impaired by alcohol or controlled substances while in contact with children or while performing other job responsibilities.
(c) If the department directs a child care facility to remove an individual from contact with children on the grounds set out in (b)(4) and (b)(5) of this section, and if the individual is an employee, the department will inform the employee of the grounds for removal and provide the employee with an opportunity to bring to the department's attention any facts that the employee believes pertinent to the matter. The department will excuse or delay notification to the employee if the department determines, in its discretion, that notification may put children at risk of harm or compromise a police investigation. The department will not provide the employee with any information that is confidential under law or that may put children at risk of harm or compromise a police investigation.
(d) A child care center shall adopt and compile facility policies, procedures, program descriptions, and forms, as applicable, into an operational manual that must be made available to employees and volunteers and to the licensing representative upon request.
(e) A child care facility's practices and the practices of the facility's employees or volunteers shall conform to statutes, this chapter, and the facility's policies.
(f) In this section, "individual" has the meaning given "individual having contact with children in a child care facility" in 4 AAC 62.990.
History: Eff. 1/1/96, Register 136; am 3/1/98, Register 145; am 2/8/2002, Register 161; am 10/3/2002, Register 163; am 12/6/2002, Register 164
Authority: AS 14.37.010
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