Covid 19 Update For Childcare Centers
During July 28, 2020 press conference, Governor DeWine shared the criticality of child care for families, also expressing the importance of the work of child care professionals. He announced that child care programs can return to their normal (pre-Covid) ratios effective August 9. The Governor also shared that funds would be available for child care providers who decide to maintain their lower ratios instead of returning to the pre-Covid ratios.
Additionally, he discussed continued health and safety requirements including face coverings for all staff and children 10 and older, symptom and temperature checks, handwashing and frequent cleaning.
Details can be found in the Governor’s press release https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/resources/news-releases-news-you-can-use/covid-19-update-07-28-20.
ODJFS is working to update the Ohio Administrative Code to reflect the Governor’s amendments as well as establishing the incentive program for those who wish to maintain lower ratios and group sizes. As this information is finalized, you will be notified. All updates will also be posted on the provider pandemic page https://jfs.ohio.gov/cdc/CoronavirusAndChildcare/
“Children cannot learn unless they are safe and cared for, and without access to child care, parents may resort to less-than-ideal options for their child’s care, such as relying on an elderly grandparent who is at greater risk for contracting COVID-19. By allowing normal ratios to resume, we’re giving parents more options,” said Governor DeWine. “We will continue to closely monitor reports of COVID-19 in child care, as well as compliance with rules and best practices, so that we can respond as needed to keep our children, families, and teachers safe.”
All child care providers must comply with stringent health and safety requirements including:
Face coverings for all staff and children over 10, unless they have a health exemption;
Symptom and temperature checks when staff and children arrive;
Washing hands throughout the day, including upon arrival and before departure;
Frequent cleaning of high-touch surfaces; and
Regular deep cleanings.
Additionally, providers must report any COVID-19 cases to ODJFS and their local health department.