Sector Specific Guidance & Requirements

January 26, 2022

Updated Guidance for Childcare & Preschools

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) announced that universal contact tracing is no longer required in response to a COVID-19 case. Please keep in mind that a lack of contact tracing and quarantining may lead to an outbreak or cluster of COVID-19 cases. Childcare facilities are serving a population of individuals who are largely unable to be vaccinated at this time and many who cannot wear a mask consistently and correctly. As such, it is the facilities choice if they choose to continue with contact tracing and excluding close contacts. If your facility chooses to continue with contact tracing and quarantining, there are no updates to that guidance. It still exists as it has for the past several weeks.

Regardless of this decision, you must still follow all isolation guidelines for those who test positive.

    • Positive or probable COVID-19 cases need to stay home for 5 days after symptoms appear and continue to wear a mask around others for an additional 5 days. If they are symptom-free or symptoms are resolving after 5 days, individuals can resume activities outside of their homes. If they have a fever, they must continue to stay at home until the fever resolves.
      • Positive or probable COVID-19 cases who cannot mask for the additional 5 days must stay home for 10 days after symptoms appear AND until it has been 24 hours since they have had a fever (without the use of fever-reducing medications) AND have had symptom improvement.
Childcare facilities should also continue to notify ODJFS of those who test positive for COVID-19, per their requirements. Additionally, classrooms should still be notified that there was a case and that individuals in that classroom may have been exposed. This will allow families to make educated decisions on their children’s activities both inside and outside of your facility. We have letter templates that we can share with you to assist you with this notification.

See our what to do if you have been exposed or if you are sick page for more details.

Outbreaks are required to be reported to FCPH. Outbreaks are defined by ODH as two or more cases that have an epidemiological link (e.g., classroom, sports team, extracurricular club, lunchroom, etc.). If an outbreak or cluster is identified, you may need to contact trace and exclude children.

This guidance below is intended for preschools, before/after care programs or daycares, even if licensed by the Ohio Department of Education. Please do not use the guidance outlined by ODH & FCPH that specific to K-12 public and private school settings. You may reach us with questions and concerns by completing the technical assistance request form by click on the blue box above.

FCPH COVID-19 Daycare Guidance – January 13, 2022

Child In-Person Participation Algorithm – January 12, 2022

FCPH Quarantine Guidance and Calendar – January 6, 2022

ODJFS Guidance for Child Care Centers

CDC’s Guidance for Operating Child Care Programs during COVID-19

CDC’s Isolation and Quarantine in Early Care and Education (ECE) Programs – February 17, 2022

All recommendations, guidance, reports and other tools for Schools (K-12) are now available on their own page, Schools (K-12).

Athlete or Coaching Staff Sick or Diagnosed with COVID-19? – June 18, 2021

Guidance not applicable for schools using Mask to Stay/Test to Play option.

Effective, June 2, 2021, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that Ohio Department of Health Director Stephanie McCloud signed an order rescinding the COVID-19-related health orders.

The following orders will remain in effect: