Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has a solution for working parents whose children must do online school, made necessary because of Covid-19 restrictions.
DeWine presented a new program on Monday that he said will ensure that students learning remotely have someplace to go during their normal school day while their parents are at work.
Childcare providers, churches, recreation centers and businesses can apply for authorization to babysit them.
Beginning Tuesday, Aug. 25, childcare providers licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) and the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) may care for children who are learning remotely during the school day.
In addition, a “Pandemic School-Age Child Care License” will allow qualifying organizations like churches, recreation centers, and businesses to provide care.
To do this, the state will reduce the regulations that organizations have to meet to become licensed.
“With more than 30% of school districts opting for remote and hybrid models of learning for the start of the school year – including many of Ohio’s largest school districts – working families need safe options for their child’s care during the school day,” said DeWine.
“The safety of children is our number one priority,” said ODJFS Director Kimberly Hall. “The new Temporary Pandemic School-Age Child Care license will ensure that our children are cared for in safe, clean facilities by qualified staff, while also reducing the regulations that organizations have to abide by to become licensed.”
Parents will need to pay for childcare unless they meet established low-income criteria.
One must ask, Why not just open schools?
Will these places provide the same security as schools? Will children be safe from child predators and potential abuse?
How will the state of Ohio, that cannot manage to process unemployment benefits efficiently, process background records of those who will be entrusted with our children?
Zero Ohio children have died of COVID-19, according to the CDC. But Ohio ranks sixth in the nation for human trafficking.
Some 18.5 thousand children were reported missing in Ohio in 2019 – 392 are still unaccounted for today, according to Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost.