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Afterschool Safety

Safety is an important aspect of any afterschool program. Unfortunately, our experience shows that the majority of sites would not pass a basic safety audit.

  • All furniture and materials are in safe condition
  • At least one fire extinguisher rated 2A-10BC (or 3A-40BC) is at the program site.
  • First aid kit is easily accessible to all staff members and includes:
    • A guide to first aid and emergency care
    • Scissors
    • Thermometer, non-glass
    • Tweezers
    • Adhesive tape
    • Antiseptic wipes or solution
    • Multi-size adhesive bandages
    • Sterile gauze pads
    • Waterproof, disposable gloves
    • At least one staff member is CPR certified on site during program hours
    • Safety plan and emergency procedures are posted and easily accessible throughout the program space. 
    • Emergency escape plan is clearly labeled and posted throughout the program space
  • Program has and carries out a Code of Conduct
  • Program implements and documents monthly fire drills and quarterly lockdown, earthquake and tornado drills
  • Staff checks participants in and out each day and can explain the procedure that makes them aware of coming and going of participants
  • Participants are always supervised by more than one authorized and capable adult
  • State ratios are always kept (1:26 for ages 5 and up)
  • Program has a procedure to ensure that a staff member remains at the program site until every participant has left
  • Staff members and/or security guard monitors external guests
  • All participant records are complete and include at minimum: 
    • Participant name, date of birth, address, phone number
    • Parent/guardian name, address, phone numbers
    • Two emergency contact names, two phone numbers, and addresses 
    • Authorized pick-up list
    • If applicable, permission to transport, permission for water activities, permission for field trips, photo release  
    • Parent/guardian signature ยจ
  • All staff are aware and keep a comprehensive list of participants with health concerns and all health/medical forms are complete and include at a minimum:
    • Participant allergies
    • Participant health concerns/special needs
    • Prescription medications participant is currently taking
    • Permission to seek treatment in an emergency
    • Program has a policy on administering or not administering medication 

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Dallas Afterschool
2902 Swiss Ave
Dallas, TX 75204
214-306-8400