§ 950-1-10-.05. Physical Standards
Every center shall be required to meet the following minimum standards:
(a) The neighborhood in which the Program or center is located must be conducive to the general welfare and wholesome development of Youth.
(b) A center should be located in a neighborhood that is accepting of the center and its purpose.
(2) Ordinances and Codes:
(a) All buildings of the center shall conform to state and/or municipal building and zoning codes.
(b) Every center shall maintain a system of fire safety that provides for fire protection and compliance/conformity with the fire safety codes of the organization or individual designated by statute, regulation, administrative rule or Policy that is responsible for the specified activity, function, or operation.
(c) All buildings of the center shall meet the safety regulations of the local fire department, with annual inspections.
(d) All buildings of the center shall meet the health and sanitation regulations of the state Department of health, with annual inspections.
(e) Insurance coverage should be adequate to protect liabilities involved.
(3) Grounds and Equipment:
(a) Attractive, well-kept grounds with a minimum of seventy-five square feet per Youth of outdoor space should be available for recreational activities, unless other resources such as public parks, playgrounds, or recreational centers are located nearby and available to the Youths.
(b) Recreational equipment shall be safe, functional, and available for the recreational program involving all Youths in the center.
(c) All buildings shall be equipped with furnishings which are sufficient to sustain the basic function of the building, adequate in condition, attractiveness and durability, and appropriate to the age and size of the Youths who will be using the building.
(d) All buildings shall have easily accessible exits from each floor level which can be used in case of emergencies. Some of these may be windows which can be broken or quickly removed, or an exit onto a porch from which one could jump with reasonable safety.
(e) There shall be a written plan for the evacuation of all buildings and everyone in the center should be familiar with this plan. Quarterly emergency drills shall be held and should be documented. Evacuation plans and Procedure shall be conspicuously posted.
(4) Bathroom Area: Bathrooms shall be located under the same roof of the center building. There should be one commode and one lavatory for every ten students. The restrooms shall be separated and designated as male and female. There should be a modesty wall between each commode and between the commode and lavatory.
(5) General Instructional Area: There shall be thirty-five square feet of floor space per Youth per classroom. The instructional area shall be equipped adequately to meet the needs of the Youths in the Program.
(6) Ventilation, Heating, and Lighting:
(a) Adequate air space and ventilation shall be provided in all areas of the center.
(b) Screens shall be provided for all windows and doors unless the center is totally air-conditioned.
(c) Facilities for heating during the winter months shall be provided.
(d) The heating system must be safe and in good repair and of sufficient size to comfortably keep the center warm.
(e) Heating equipment should be inspected annually by a heating expert and there should be available at the time of licensing a signed statement indicating the method of heating is safe, and the equipment is in good repair.
(7) Counseling Area: Each counselor's office should have a minimum of one hundred square feet.
(8) First Aid Facilities:
(a) Staff should be familiar with routine First Aid practices and Procedures.
(b) First aid equipment shall be on the premises and easily accessible to all staff.
(c) The Facility shall maintain an inventory control list.(New Rule: Filed December 17, 2004; effective January 21, 2005. Amended by Alabama Administrative Monthly Volume XXXVII, Issue No. 02, November 30, 2018, eff. December 21, 2018.)
Author: Alabama Department of Youth Services, Office of Licensing and Standards
Statutory Authority: Code of Ala. 1975, §§ 44-1-27(a)(b), 44-1-24(4)(6), 38-13-4.
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