Notice of Change/Withdrawal

State Board of Education
6A-2.0040: Sanitation Standards in K-12 Private Schools
Notice is hereby given that the following changes have been made to the proposed rule in accordance with subparagraph 120.54(3)(d)1., F.S., published in Vol. 37 No. 15, April 15, 2011 issue of the Florida Administrative Weekly.

Paragraphs (3)(a), (4)(a), (5)(c), (d), Subparagraph (6)(b)3., Subsections (7), (8), (9), and Paragraph (14)(b) are amended to read:

6A-2.0040 Sanitation Standards in K-12 Private Schools.

This rule prescribes minimum requirements and standards of sanitation and safety for K-12 private schools, as defined in Section 1002.01, Florida Statutes, located within the state regardless of the nature of the school, its ownership or organization. If a requirement in this rule conflicts with a specific requirement in the Florida Building Code adopted under Chapter 9N-1, F.A.C., or the Florida Fire Prevention Code under Chapter 69A-60, F.A.C., then that code shall prevail.

(3) Building Construction and Maintenance.

(a) Upon request, K-12 private schools shall provide proof of any required permitting for sSchool construction and remodeling shall pursuant to Section 553.79, Florida Statutes conform to construction requirements of the Florida Building Code and the requirements of the local building authority. School buildings shall be maintained so that they are vermin-proofed.

(4) Lighting Standards.

(a) Illumination in Aall instructional spaces shall be capable of providing a minimum illumination of forty (40) foot-candles at normal task level.

(5)(c) Heat producing appliances and systems shall be maintained in a proper working condition installed in accordance with requirements of the local building and fire authority.

(d) Ventilation and air conditioning. All occupied rooms and other rooms where odors or contaminants are generated shall be vented to the outside. Ventilation rates shall be maintained as designed comply with those specified in the local building code.

(6)(b)3. Individual towels, preferably paper shall be used. Use of common or public towels is prohibited. Hot-air hand drying devices may be used in lieu of, or in addition to, individual towels.

(7) Water Supply.

(a) The water supply for the school must be from a source that is licensed or permitted pursuant to the Florida Safe Drinking Water Act or Section 381.0062, Florida Statutes, as applicable shall be operated and maintained in compliance with Chapters 62-550 and 62-555 or Chapter 64E-8, F.A.C.

(b) Drinking fountains of an approved, sanitary slant jet type shall be provided in a ratio not less than 1 per 100 occupants the ratio specified in the local building code. In no case shall fountains be located in any toilet room.

(8) Sewage Disposal. Sewage disposal systems shall be installed, operated and maintained in a manner that does not create a sanitary nuisance, as that term is defined in Chapter 386, F.S. shall be disposed of in accordance with Chapter 62-600 or 64E-6, F.A.C.,whichever is applicable. Sewage treatment and disposal systems at schools shall be maintained in compliance with the applicable chapter.

(9) Solid Waste. Garbage, trash, and rubbish shall be collected, stored, and disposed of at a frequency and in a manner that prevents a sanitary nuisance. Wet garbage shall be collected and stored in impermeable, leak proof, fly tight containers pending disposal. Outdoor waste containers must be easily cleanable and serviceable. Waste containers and the storage area shall be cleaned at frequent intervals to prevent odors and breeding places for vermin. Waste water from the cleaning of garbage containers shall be disposed of as sewage. Removal and disposal of garbage shall comply with Chapter 62-701, F.A.C.

(14)(b) Dormitories and residential school facilities, located on the premises of a school, shall not be part of the routine inspection of the school facility. Dormitories and residential school facilities shall be inspected on a complaint basis.