(a) A center must ensure transportation services are provided for a minor, as authorized by an adult minor, the minor's parent, and the minor's prescribing physician:
(1) from the minor's home to the center;
(2) from the center to the minor's home; and
(3) to and from the center for services coordinated by the center.
(b) A minor’s parent is not required to accompany the minor when the center transports or provides for the transport of the minor.
(c) A center must ensure that vehicles are accessible for a minor with disabilities and equipped to meet the needs of a minor during transport.
(d) A minor's parent may decline a center's transportation services.
(e) A center must adopt and enforce written policies and procedures describing the staff and equipment that will accompany a minor during transportation. The staff must include a driver and a nurse.
(f) A center must ensure that:
(1) a person transporting a minor on behalf of a center has a valid and appropriate Texas driver's license, a copy of which the center must keep on file;
(2) a vehicle used to transport a minor has a current Texas safety inspection sticker and vehicle registration decal properly affixed to a vehicle;
(3) the center maintains commercial insurance for the operation of a center's vehicles, including coverage for minors and staff in a center's vehicle in the event of accident or injury;
(4) documentation of the insurance is maintained and includes:
(A) the name of the insurance company;
(B) the insurance policy number;
(C) the period of coverage; and
(D) an explanation of the coverage;
(5) the center provides a driver and the center's nurse with an up-to-date master transportation list that includes a minor's name, pick up and drop off locations, and authorized persons to whom a minor may be released;
(6) the master transportation list is on file at the center;
(7) the driver and the center's nurse riding in the vehicle maintain a daily attendance record for each trip that includes the driver's name, the date, names of all passengers in the vehicle, the name of the person to whom a minor was released, and the time of release; and
(8) the number of people in a vehicle used to transport minors does not exceed the manufacturer's recommended capacity for the vehicle.
(a) A center must adopt and enforce written policies and procedures to ensure the care and safety of minors during transport.
(b) A center must appropriately train staff on the needs of a minor being transported.
(c) A center must properly restrain or secure a minor when the minor is transported by the center in a motor vehicle, in accordance with applicable federal motor vehicle safety standards, state law, THSC Chapter 248A, and this chapter.
(d) A center must ensure that:
(1) a minor boards and leaves the vehicle from the curbside of the street and is safely accompanied to the minor's destination;
(2) there is a first aid kit with unexpired supplies, including oxygen, a pulse oximeter, and suction equipment, in each center vehicle;
(3) the center prohibits the use of tobacco in any form, electronic cigarettes, alcohol and possession of illegal substances or unauthorized potentially toxic substances, firearms, pellet or BB guns, including loaded or unloaded BB guns, in any vehicle;
(4) the driver does not use a hand-held wireless communication device while operating a center vehicle;
(5) a center's nurse accompanies all minors during transport;
(6) at least one direct care staff member, or more depending on the acuity of the minors, accompanies every seven minors;
(7) the driver or center's nurse does not leave a minor unattended in the vehicle at any time;
(8) the driver or the center's nurse riding in the vehicle inspects the vehicle at the completion of each trip to ensure that no minor is left in the vehicle; and
(9) the center maintains documentation that includes the signature of the individual conducting the inspection described in paragraph (8) of this subsection and the time of inspection.
(e) A center must post near the emergency exit of each vehicle that transports a minor the following information in an easily readable font:
(1) the name of the administrator;
(2) the center's name;
(3) the center's telephone number; and
(4) the center's address.
(f) The center must adopt and enforce a policy on emergencies while transporting a minor. The policy must include:
(1) procedures for mechanical break downs;
(2) procedures for vehicle accidents; and
(3) procedures for a minor's emergency.
(g) If a center conducts a field trip, the center must ensure that the driver or center's nurse riding in the vehicle must inspect the vehicle and account for each minor upon arrival and departure from each destination to ensure that no minor is left in the vehicle after reaching the vehicle's final destination.
(1) A center must ensure that the driver or center's nurse riding in the vehicle maintains a field trip record for each trip. The record must include the driver's name, the nurse's name, the time and date, the vehicle's destinations, and names of all passengers in the vehicle.
(2) A center must maintain documentation that includes the signature of the person conducting the inspection and the time of each inspection during the field trip.
(3) Appropriate staff must be present when a minor is delivered to the center.