Gov. Mike DeWine announced Tuesday that child care providers in Ohio may return to their normal, statutory ratios and class sizes beginning on Aug. 9, 2020.
Child care providers have a choice to increase the number of children and staff members to the normal statutory ratios or to maintain their current, lower ratios to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) is structuring a financial incentive to providers that maintain smaller ratios and classroom sizes.
“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,” Gov. DeWine said.
“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.
There are 86,497 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Ohio and 3,382 confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths as of Tuesday afternoon. A total of 10,425 people have been hospitalized, including 2,488 admissions to intensive care units.