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What you need to know about Ohio’s new daycare guidelines

Now that Ohio’s childcare centers are allowed to reopen, they have to follow a rigorous cleaning regimen, care for fewer children and implement new drop-off and pick-up routines.

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Daycares will be allowed to reopen beginning May 31. Following are changes that may be most noticeable to parents, though some facilities also may stagger drop-off and pick-up times to make it easier to maintain social distancing.

At drop-off

  • Child care providers must check the temperatures of all staff, children and adults. Anyone with a fever of 100 degrees or higher may not enter.
  • Children must wash their hands when entering the classroom.

At pick-up

  • Children must wash their hands before leaving.

Class sizes

  • One staff member per four infants with no more than six children in a room.

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  • One staff member per six toddlers with no more than six children in the room.
  • One staff member per nine preschool children with no more than nine children in the room.
  • One staff member per nine school-age children wit no more than nine children per room.

Confirmed cases

  • Child care providers should immediately notify the Department of Job and Family Services in writing of any confirmed cases of COVID-19 among children or staff.

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