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Updated Emergency Rules adopted to continue required COVID-mitigation strategies

12/21/2020

Mike DeWine, Governor
Paolo DeMaria, Superintendent of Public Instruction
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To: All Ohio Department of Education-Licensed Preschool and School-Age Child Care Providers
From: Wendy Grove, PhD, Director, Office of Early Learning and School Readiness
Date: December 18, 2020

On December 15, 2020, the State Board of Education adopted emergency rules that reflect the continued need for COVID-mitigation efforts within our preschool and school-age child care programs. In addition to the existing rules regulating preschool and school-age child programs, the emergency rules added new symptoms to the symptom check requirement, additional handwashing requirements, and maintain existing requirements for face coverings. The emergency rules also clarify notification of the Ohio Departments of Health and Education when a program has a positive case of COVID-19. On December 16, 2020 Governor DeWine signed the Executive Order 2020-41D which made these rules effective immediately.

Ohio Department of Education-licensed preschool programs must operate in accordance with the emergency rule linked below in addition to the existing preschool licensing rules: Existing preschool licensing rules; Emergency rule (3301-37-03.1) and link to rule 5101:2-12-02.2.

Ohio Department of Education-licensed school-age child care programs must operate in accordance with the emergency rule linked below in addition to the existing school-age child care licensing rules: Existing School-Age Child Care rules; Emergency rule (3301-32-06.1) and link to rules 5101:2-12-02.2 and 5101:2-12-02.3.

Detailed preschool (birth - not in kindergarten) program licensing information and contact information for Program Specialists can be found on this page: http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Early-Learning/Preschool-Licensing

Detailed School-age (in kindergarten or above) child care program licensing information and contact information for Program Specialists can be found on this page: http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Early-Learning/School-Age-Child-Care-Licensing