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The Bus-Scan seat-check reminder alerts a driver to walk to the back of the vehicle at the end of each trip and visually check for remaining passengers or lost personal items. For Buses, Vans--any vehicle that transports those who need assistance.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Child Safety Alarm Ordinance?

The Child Safety Alarm Ordinance was created as part of an amendment to both the Transportation Sections of current
Broward County Ordinances, 2004-02 and 1996-20, which governs Licensed and Registered Child Care Facilities and
Family Child Care Homes. These amendments were passed on December 11, 2012 by the Broward County Board of
County Commissioners and goes into effect on July 1, 2013. Following are the Sections of both ordinances:
Licensed and Registered Child Care Facilities Ordinance 2004-02 - Sec. 7-9. Transportation.
This section establishes the minimum standards for transportation of children enrolled in child care facilities. In
the case of a direct conflict between any provision of this section and a provision of any other applicable federal, state,
or local law, rule, or regulation, the more restrictive provision shall apply.
(a) An owner or director of a child care facility who transports children must ensure that the facility
complies with all federal,state, and local laws and regulations applicable to transportation of children including, but not
limited to, Chapter 316, Florida Statutes, "State Uniform Traffic Control," Chapter 322, Florida Statutes, "Driver's
Licenses," and the rules and regulations set forth in Rule 65C-22, Florida Administrative Code,relating to transportation
of children enrolled in child care facilities, as amended.
(b) Any person who drives a vehicle transporting children for a child care facility must be at least twenty one (21) years of age. If the driver is an employee of an entity under contract with the child care facility or a vehicle
leasing company,the driver must be under the direct and constant supervision of the child care facility's personnel when
children are being transported.
(c) Child Safety Alarm Devices.
(1) Effective July 1, 2013, any vehicle designed or used to transport six (6) or more passengers and one (1)
driver must have a child safety alarm device installed. The alarm device must be periodically tested and
properly maintained in working order at all times.
(2) The alarm device must be designed to automatically activate when the vehicle's ignition is turned on.
Alarm devices that are activated manually are prohibited.
(3) The alarm device must be designed so that the vehicle horn, siren, or other type of audible alarm will
sound within one (1) minute if the driver, or a child care facility staff member, does not go to the rear or
back seat of the vehicle, or, in the case of a passenger van, does not open the side entry door of the
vehicle, to manually shut off the alarm prior to leaving the vehicle. The alarm must be audible from a
distance of five hundred (500) feet from the vehicle.
(4) The alarm device must be installed so that the driver, or a child care facility staff member, is able to
observe the rearmost seats of the vehicle and reach the switch that turns off the alarm prior to leaving the
vehicle. The driver, or a child care facility staff member, must physically inspect each seat before turning
off the alarm and leaving the vehicle.
(5) The alarm device must be installed by any certified mechanic employed by an electronics or automotive
business in accordance with the device manufacturer's recommendations.
(6) The owner or director of a child care facility shall be responsible for selecting an alarm device that meets
the required performance standards outlined herein, and ensuring that the device is installed and
maintained pursuant to the manufacturer's specifications.
(d) Documentation demonstrating proof of compliance with the requirements of this section
shall be maintained on file at the child care facility for inspection by the licensing agency.

Family Child Care Homes Ordinance 1996-20 - VII. Chapter 20, Section 20-298, Subsection VII, Transportation.
This section establishes the minimum standards for transportation of children enrolled in family child care
homes and large family child care homes. In the case of a direct conflict between any provision of this section and a
provision of any other applicable federal, state, or local law, rule, or regulation, the more restrictive provision shall
apply.
(a) An operator/provider of a family child care home or a large family child care home who transports
children must ensure that the home complies with all state and local laws and regulations applicable to transportation of
children including, but not limited to, Chapter 316, Florida Statutes, "State Uniform Traffic Control," Chapter 322, Florida
Statutes, "Driver's Licenses," and the rules and regulations setforth in Rule 65C-20, Florida Administrative Code,relating
to transportation of children enrolled in family child care homes and large family child care homes, as applicable, and as
amended.
(b) Any person who drives a vehicle transporting children for a family child care home must be at least
twenty-one (21) years of age. If the driver is an employee of an entity under contract with a family child care home or a
vehicle leasing company, the driver must be under the direct and constant supervision of family child care home
personnel when children are being transported.
(c) Child Safety Alarm Devices.
(1) Effective July 1, 2013, any vehicle designed or used to transport six (6) or more passengers and one (1)
driver must have a child safety alarm device installed. The alarm device must be periodically tested and
properly maintained in working order at all times.
(2) The alarm device must be designed to automatically activate when the vehicle's ignition is turned on.
Alarm devices that are activated manually are prohibited.
(3) The alarm device must be designed so that the vehicle horn, siren, or other type of audible alarm will
sound within one (1) minute if the driver, or a family child care home staff member, does not go to the
rear or back seat of the vehicle, or, in the case of a passenger van, does not open the side entry door of
the vehicle, to manually shut off the alarm prior to leaving the vehicle. The alarm must be audible from
a distance of five hundred (500) feet from the vehicle.
(4) The alarm device must be installed so that the driver, or family child care home staff member, is able to
observe the rearmost seats of the vehicle and reach the switch that turns off the alarm prior to leaving
the vehicle. The driver, or a family child care home staff member, must physically inspect each seat
before turning off the alarm and leaving the vehicle.
(5) The alarm device shall be installed by any certified mechanic employed by an electronics or automotive
business in accordance with the device manufacturer's recommendations.
(6) The operator/provider of a family child care home shall be responsible for selecting an alarm device that
meets the required performance standards as outlined herein, and ensuring that the device is installed
and maintained pursuant to the manufacturer's specifications.
(d) Documentation demonstrating proof of compliance with the requirements of this section
shall be maintained on file at the family child care home or large family child care home for
inspection by the licensing agency.
What does this Ordinance amendment mean to me as a Provider?
It means that by July 1, 2013, you must comply with the new regulations or you will be subject to Notices of
Violation. Failure to comply may result in sanctions prohibiting you from transporting children.
Why is this necessary?
Heatstroke in vehicles is the leading cause of all non-crash-related fatalities involving children 14 and younger.
Florida ranks 4th in the United States for the annual number of hypothermia deaths of young children.
Unfortunately, one such death, Jordan Coleman, occurred while he was in the care of a licensed child care provider
in Broward County last year. Deaths of this nature are COMPLETELY PREVENTABLE.

Which providers are eligible for the reimbursements?
Licensed child care facilities, registered/non-public facilities and family child care homes that are approved by the
local licensing agency to transport and have a vehicle(s) designed to transport six (6) or more passengers and one
(1) driver are all eligible. Proof of your child care license is required.
How will I comply?
Besides following the rules of the Ordinance, you must install a Child Safety Alarm Device if you have not already
done so by July 1, 2013, in ANY vehicle designed or used to transport six (6) or more passengers and one (1) driver.
What kind of alarm device do I need?
The alarm device must be designed to automatically activate when the vehicle's ignition is turned on.
Alarm devices that are activated manually are prohibited. The device must be designed so that the vehicle horn,
siren, or other type of audible alarm will sound within one (1) minute if the driver, or a family child care home staff
member, does not go to the rear or back seat of the vehicle, or, in the case of a passenger van, does not open the
side entry door of the vehicle, to manually shut off the alarm prior to leaving the vehicle. The alarm device must be
installed so that the driver, or a child care facility/family child care home staff member, is able to observe the
rearmost seats of the vehicle and reach the switch that turns off the alarm prior to leaving the vehicle. The driver,
or a child care facility/family child care home staff member, must physically inspect each seat before turning off the
alarm and leaving the vehicle.
How loud does the alarm device need to be?
The alarm must be audible from a distance of five hundred (500) feet from the vehicle.
Who can install the device?
The alarm device shall be installed by any certified mechanic employed by an electronics or automotive business in
accordance with the device manufacturer's recommendations.
What if MY device does not meet all of these requirements?
The owner or director of a child care facility OR operator/provider of a family child care home shall be responsible
for selecting an alarm device that meets the required performance standards as outlined in the ordinance and
ensuring that the device is installed and maintained pursuant to the manufacturer's specifications for that device.
Once the device is installed, can I forget about it?
No. The alarm device must be periodically tested and properly maintained in working order at all times.
Documentation of “periodic” testing should remain on file for 12 months for verification by the licensing agency.
Besides the device, what will Child Care Licensing monitors need to see?
Documentation demonstrating proof of compliance with the requirements of this section shall be maintained on
file at the child care facility/family child care home or large family child care home for inspection by the licensing
agency.
How will I pay for it?
Compliance with the Ordinance is another cost of doing business and will have to be worked into your budget.
HOWEVER, Broward County Children’s Services Administration, the Children’s Services Council, and the Early
Learning Coalition have set aside a ONE-TIME ONLY REIMBURSEMENT funds to help qualified providers offset the
cost of the installation(s).
How do I qualify for this REIMBURSEMENT?

First, your purchase and installation must occur between the dates of December 11th, 2012 and
June 30th, 2013.
Second, you must have devices which meet the requirements installed in the appropriate vehicles. Devices
which do NOT meet the requirements will NOT be eligible for the reimbursement.
Third, you must complete and submit the enclosed application for reimbursement with copies of ALL required
supporting documents between April 1ST, 2013 and June 30TH, 2013. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL BE
RETURNED. LATE APPLICATIONS WILL BE RETURNED. UNQUALIFIED APPLICATIONS WILL BE RETURNED.
There will be ONLY ONE (1) CHECK CUT PER OWNERSHIP regardless of the number of facilities operated. Do
NOT submit multiple applications. Do NOT give applications to your monitors in the field.
How much will I be reimbursed?
You will be reimbursed the price of the device and installation up to $400.00 per vehicle with a cap of $1200.00
total per ownership.
What if my costs per vehicle were more than $400.00 or I have more than 3 vehicles?
Compliance with the Ordinance is another cost of doing business and will have to be worked into your budget.
You may be reimbursed up to $400.00 per vehicle up to $1200.00 as compliance is required even without
reimbursement. Funds are limited and will be reimbursed as funds are available and on a first come first served
basis.
Where do I submit the application?
All applications and supporting documents are to be sent to:
Broward County Child Care Licensing and Enforcement Section
2995 North Dixie Highway
Oakland Park, FL 33334
ATTN: CHILD SAFETY ALARMS
You may hand deliver or mail, but any applications not received by this office by the June 30th deadline will NOT be
processed regardless of postmark. DO NOT FAX OR E-MAIL.
What will happen after I submit my application?
Child Care Licensing and Enforcement Staff will review the submitted documents. If the provider is eligible and if
the application is complete, the packet will be date-stamped and forwarded to the agency disbursing the
reimbursement funds. Child Care Licensing and Enforcement’s ONLY involvement is verification of paperwork. We
are NOT the funding agency and will NOT be able to provide updates on your reimbursement status once we have
reviewed and approved the applications. If your application is not approved for forwarding, it will be returned to
you. If eligible, you may expect payment 6-8 weeks after submission of your application.
What if I was proactive and installed devices BEFORE December 11th, 2012?
Congratulations for your proactive step; however, because this money exists as a result of required legislation,
reimbursements are NOT currently available for Providers who complied before the law was enacted. However,
you may submit complete applications which will be held until the current window closes and if funds are still
available, you MAY be eligible for some level of reimbursement.
What if I have or receive violations in this section of the Ordinance?
Reimbursements are NOT tied to violations. However, if an inspection reveals that your application is incorrect or
untrue, your application will be returned.

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