- The center will ensure the staff child ratios and maximum group size limitations are maintained at all times.
- The center shall follow all hand washing procedures pursuant to rule 5101:2-12-13 of the Administrative Code with the following additions:
- All administrators, child care staff members and employees must wash their hands upon entering a classroom and prior to leaving for the day.
- All children must wash their hands prior to leaving for the day.
- The center shall ensure that all administrators, employees, child care staff members and children take their temperature prior to or as soon as they arrive each day.
- The center shall immediately send home any child or administrator, child care staff member or employee who has a temperature of one hundred degrees or higher. If any staff, children, or adults have a fever of 100 degrees or higher, they may not enter the facility.
- The individual shall not return to the center until he or she has been fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medication for at least twenty-four hours.
- If the individual has had known contact with someone confirmed or probable to have COVID-19, prior to returning to the center, he or she must complete isolation or quarantine procedures for COVID-19 in coordination with the local health department.
- The requirements of this paragraph also apply to anyone whose temperature is taken after arrival.
- Mandate all employees and adults entering the center to wear a face covering.
- Limit access to the center; prohibiting parents/guardians and visitors from proceeding beyond the Parent Center entrance.
- Require children’s blankets (pillows, if applicable) to be laundered weekly by the parent/guardian.
- Implement a rigorous cleaning schedule.
- If an Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19
If an administrator, employee, or child care staff member employed by the center or a child enrolled in the center tests positive for COVID-19, the program shall:
- Ensure that the person completes isolation or quarantine procedures for COVID-19 in coordination with the local health department prior to being permitted to return to the program.
- Notify the local health department by the next business day.
- Notify ODJFS by the next business day in the Ohio child licensing and quality system as a serious incident pursuant to rule 5101:2-12-16 of the Administrative Code.
- Room Dividers
If the center needs to divide a room into smaller spaces to serve multiple groups of children, dividers may be used if they meet the following requirements:
- The dividers meet any requirements set by the department of commerce, local building department, state fire marshal or local fire safety inspector.
- The dividers are made from a nonporous material or other material that can be sanitized.
- The dividers are at least six feet in height.
- Confirmed Cases
In the event of confirmed cases, the center will:
- Immediately isolate and seek medical care for any individual who develops symptoms while at the center.
- Immediately communicate any confirmed cases of COVID-19 to parents/guardians and staff.
- Shutdown rooms for deep sanitation.
- The center will immediately notify the Department of Job & Family Services in writing of any confirmed cases of COVID-19 among children or staff.
- Work with the local health department to identify potentially infected or exposed individuals to help facilitate effective contact tracing/notifications.
- Mandate testing of all suspected infections or exposures
- Following testing, contact the local health department to initiate appropriate care and tracing.