Family Child Care Rules
5101:2-13-02.2 Transitional Pandemic Requirements for a Licensed Family Child Care Provider
Effective Date: May 29, 2020

(A)What are transitional pandemic requirements for a licensed family child care provider?

Transitional pandemic requirements are licensing requirements that are followed as Ohio transitions out of pandemic child care for the COVID-19 pandemic and back to family child care licensing requirements.

(B)When does a licensed family child care provider follow these requirements?

Licensed family child care providers shall follow these requirements when the governor of Ohio declares a state of emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic and or directs ODJFS to issue transition requirements.

(C)What are the licensing requirements for a transitional family child care provider?

The family child care provider shall follow all of the licensing requirements of this chapter, with the following exceptions and additions:

(1)The family child care provider shall follow all guidelines set by the governor of Ohio or the director of the Ohio department of health.

(2)The family child care provider shall ensure that the following group size limitations are maintained at all times:

(a)Each child care staff member shall care for no more than six children at any one time. No more than three of those children may be under two years of age.

(b)The family child care provider shall not exceed the license capacity at any time when caring for children during the provider's hours of operation.

(c)The family child care provider shall ensure that the required staff/child ratios are maintained at all times including during routine trips and field trips.

(d)Type A family child care providers may only serve more than one group of children if the groups of children and the assigned child care staff members are in separate rooms at all times, including meals and naps.

(3)The family child care provider shall follow all handwashing procedures pursuant to rule 5101:2-13-13 of the Administrative Code with the following additions:

(a)The provider and all family child care staff members and employees shall wash their hands upon entering the family child care home and prior to leaving for the day.

(b)All children shall wash their hands prior to leaving for the day.

(4)The family child care provider may use non-permanent sinks to meet the handwashing requirements of this chapter.

(5)The family child care provider shall ensure that all employees, child care staff members and children take their temperature prior to or as soon as they arrive each day. The family child care provider and all residents shall take their temperatures prior to the start of the day.

(a)The family child care provider shall immediately send home any child, child care staff member or employee who has a temperature of one hundred degrees or higher. The individual shall not return to the program until he or she has been fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medication for at least twenty-four hours.

(b)If the provider or a resident of the home has a temperature of one hundred degrees or higher, the provider shall stop providing care until the individual has been fever-free without the use of fever-reduction medication for at least twenty-four hours.

(c)If the child, employee or child care staff member has had known contact with someone confirmed or probable to have COVID-19, prior to returning to the program he or she must complete isolation or quarantine procedures for COVID-19 in coordination with the local health department.

(d)If the provider or a resident has had known contact with someone confirmed or probable to have COVID-19, he or she must complete isolation or quarantine procedures for COVID-19 in coordination with the local health department. Care may not resume until the isolation or quarantine is complete.

(e)The requirements of this paragraph also apply to anyone whose temperature is taken after arrival or the start of the day.

(6)The family child care provider shall not provide care to sick children pursuant to appendix B to rule 5101:2-13-16 of the Administrative Code.

(7)If the provider, a resident of the home, child care staff member or employee of the family child care provider or a child enrolled in the care of the family child care provider tests positive for COVID-19, the program shall:

(a)Notify ODJFS by the next business day in the Ohio child licensing and quality system as a serious incident pursuant to rule 5101:2-13-16 of the Administrative Code.

(b)Notify the local health department by the next business day.

(c)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. If the provider or a resident of the home tests positive for COVID-19, care may not resume until the isolation or quarantine is complete.

(D)How long is the transitional pandemic rule effective?

The transitional pandemic rule is valid until the governor of Ohio rescinds the state of emergency and or directs ODJFS to return to full family child care licensing requirements.

Effective: 5/29/2020

Certification: CERTIFIED ELECTRONICALLY

Date: 05/29/2020

Promulgated Under: 119.03

Statutory Authority: 5104.017, 5104.018

Rule Amplifies: 5104.017, 5104.018