The news parents across the state have been waiting for is finally here.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced during a press conference today that child care centers will be permitted to reopen on May 31st with strict safety precautions in place. Precautions and other changes include a reduction in class sizes, intensified cleaning and handwashing practices, and daily temperature checks.
Officials explained that for preschool and school-aged children there will be a max of nine children in a classroom. For infants and toddlers, there will be a max of six children per classroom. Additionally, typical summer field trips will not take place this year.
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Any child with a temperature of 100 degrees or above will immediately be sent home. DeWine noted the need for the state to get child care practices right in order to limit the spread of the virus as there continues to be limited data available regarding how children are affected by COVID-19. The state will be conducting a study to gather more information on best practices.
As of Thursday afternoon, Ohio had 26,357 confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus. This includes 4,718 hospitalizations, 1,268 ICU admissions, and 134 deaths.