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Library: Policy

340:110-3-275. Definitions

Issued 1-1-16

          The following words and terms when used in this Part shall have the following meaning unless the context clearly states otherwise:

    "Adult" means an individual 18 years of age and older.

    "Child" means an individual younger than 18 years of age.

    "Child care centers" means programs that operate 30 or more hours per week.

    "Child passenger restraint system" means an infant or child passenger restraint system, such as a car or booster seat, that meets federal standards for crash-tested restraint systems as set by the United States Department of Transportation.

    "Children with disabilities" means children who have a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional condition and also require health and related services of a type or amount beyond that generally required by children.

    "Classroom" means an area designated for a group of children defined by permanent or temporary walls or barriers.

    "Communicable disease" means an illness that spreads directly or indirectly from person-to-person with the potential to cause a serious infection.

    "Date" means the month, day, and year.

    "Day camps" means programs that operate during school breaks for 12 hours or less per day, serve children 5-year-olds and older who are attending, or have completed kindergarten or above, and use the outdoors as a major program component for at least 50 percent of the daily hours of operation.

    "Disposition" means the final outcome or settlement of criminal charges, such as decisions or rulings by the court.

    "Drop-in programs" means programs that operate 30 or more hours per week with individual children attending six hours or less per day and 24 hours or less per week, with an allowance for three extra six-hour days per 12 months per child.

    "Facility" means the program premises and the buildings used for child care.

    "Fall height" means the vertical distance between the highest designated play surface on a piece of equipment and the surface beneath it.

    "Full name" means the first and last name when referring to a person.

    "General Education Development" or "GED" means a high school diploma equivalent from the American Council on Education.

    "Hazard" means anything that may inflict injury or cause harm.

    "High school diploma" means a diploma recognized by the Oklahoma State Board of Education or an equivalent entity from another state.

    "Inaccessible" means children are unable to access an item or area due to the use of a lock or child-proof barrier or the item is too high for children to easily reach.

    "Infant" means a child from birth up to 12 months of age.

    "Infection control" means the policies, procedures, and practices used to prevent and control the spread of infection, such as cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting, hand and personal hygiene, diapering procedures, handling and disposing of soiled and contaminated items, health separation and exclusion criteria, and immunization policies.

    "Licensing" means the Oklahoma Department of Human Services staff responsible for monitoring and consulting with programs.

    "Locked" means the use of a secure device that can only be opened by a key, combination, or code.

    "Out-of-school time programs" means programs that operate when school is not in session, such as before- and after-school and school breaks, and serve 3-year-olds and older who are attending or have completed pre-kindergarten or above.

    "Owner" means the business entity who owns the program.

    "Parent" means an individual who is legally responsible for the child, such as a mother, father, legal custodian, or legal guardian.

    "Part-day programs" means programs that operate for more than 15, but less than 30 hours per week.

    "Potentially hazardous foods" means foods that contain milk or milk products, eggs, meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, crustaceans, cut tomatoes, cut melons, cut leafy greens, raw seed sprouts, or other ingredients in a form capable of supporting rapid and progressive growth of harmful microorganisms.

    "Program" means the business entity that provides care, supervision, and learning opportunities for children.

    "Programs for sick children" means programs that serve children with illnesses or symptoms preventing them from comfortable participation in activities in a program caring for children who are well. The children require more care than personnel in a program caring for children who are well can provide without compromising the health and safety of other children in care.

    "Requirements" means licensing requirements the program is required to follow.

    "Responsible entity" means an individual who is authorized to obligate the business.

    "Safe drinking water" means potable water, free from pollution, harmful organisms, and impurities as determined by the Oklahoma Department of Environmental    Quality.

    "Specialized service professional" means an individual from an academic discipline or field of expertise who provides individualized services to a child, such as behavioral or physical therapists.

    "Supervision" means the function of observing, overseeing, and guiding a child or group of children, including an awareness of and responsibility for, the ongoing activity of each child and being near enough to intervene when needed.

    "Teaching personnel" means master teachers, teachers, assistant teachers, and substitutes who provide care, supervision, and learning opportunities for children.

    "Transportation" means anytime a child in care is driven in a vehicle, whether provided, arranged, or contracted by the program.

    "Unsupervised access to children" means an individual being present with children without personnel present who have a complete criminal history review.

    "Use zones" means the clearance spaces and surfaces under and around a piece of equipment onto which a child falling or exiting from the equipment is expected to land.

    "Volunteer" means an individual who provides services to the program without compensation.    

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