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Chapter 5101:2-18 | Child Day Camps

 
 
 
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Rule 5101:2-18-01 | Definitions for registered and approved child day camps.
 

(A) "Adult" means an individual who is at least eighteen years of age.

(B) "Advanced practice registered nurse (APRN)" means a certified registered nurse anesthetist, clinical nurse specialist, certifed nurse-midwife or certified nurse practitioner under Chapter 4723. of the Revised Code. This was previously called advanced practice nurse (APN).

(C) "Approved child day camp" means a child day camp approved pursuant to section 5104.22 of the Revised Code.

(1) Approved child day camps shall meet one of the following requirements:

(a) Be accredited by the American camp association (ACA).

(b) Be accredited by any nationally recognized organization that accredits child day camps by using standards that the Ohio department of job and family services has determined are substantially similar and comparable to those of the ACA.

(2) Approved child day camps shall meet the requirements in sections 5104.21 and 5104.22 of the Revised Code, and Chapter 5101:2-18 of the Administrative Code.

(D) "Certified nurse practitioner (CNP)" means a registered nurse who holds a valid certificate of authority issued under Chapter 4723. of the Revised Code that authorizes the practice of nursing as a CNP in accordance with section 4723.43 of the Revised Code and rules adopted by the board of nursing.

(E) "Child care" means all of the following:

(1) Administering to the needs of infants, toddlers, preschool-age children, and school-age children outside of school hours;

(2) By persons other than their parents, guardians, or custodians;

(3) For part of the twenty-four-hour day;

(4) In a place other than a child's own home, except that an in-home aide provides child care in the child's own home;

(5) By a provider required by Chapter 5104. of the Revised Code to be licensed or approved by the department of job and family services, certified by a county department of job and family services, or under contract with the department to provide publicly funded child care as described in section 5104.32 of the Revised Code.

(F) "Child day camp" means a program in which only school-age children attend or participate, that operates for no more than twelve hours per day and no more than fifteen weeks during the summer. For purposes of this chapter, the maximum twelve hours of operation time does not include transportation time from a child's home to a child day camp and from a child day camp to a child's home.

(G) "Child day camp administrator" means the individual who holds overall responsibility for administration of the child day camp. The administrator and the owner may be the same person. The administrator is also a child day camp staff member.

(H) "Child day camp owner" includes a person, firm, organization, institution or agency who operates a child day camp.

(I) "Child day camp staff member" means an employee of an approved child day camp who is primarily responsible for the care and supervision of children. The administrator, authorized representative or owner may be a child day camp staff member when not involved in other duties.

(J) "Employee" means a person who either:

(1) Receives compensation for duties performed in an approved child day camp; or

(2) Is assigned specific working hours or duties in an approved child day camp.

(K) "Field trips" means infrequent or irregularly scheduled excursions from the camp.

(L) "Hazardous weather conditions" means winds of twenty miles per hour or greater, continuous or heavy rain, hail, extreme temperatures, lightening or tornado warnings or watches within a twenty mile radius of a child day camp activity site.

(M) "Medication" means any substance or preparation which is used to prevent or treat a wound, injury, infection, infirmity or disease. This includes medication that is over the counter, or prescribed or recommended by a physician or advance practice nurse certified to prescribe medication and permitted by the parent for administration or application.

(N) "Natural bodies of water" mean any river, stream, creek or spring or any natural or man-made lake or pond.

(O) "On-site" means to be at a primary use space where regular child day camp programming takes place.

(P) "Operate a child day camp" means to operate, establish, manage, conduct, or maintain a child day camp.

(Q) "Parent" means the father or mother of a child, an adult who has legal custody of a child, an adult who is the guardian of the child, or an adult who stands in loco parentis with respect to a child, and whose presence in the home is needed as the caretaker of the child. Parent has the same meaning as "caretaker parent" as defined in section 5104.01 of the Revised Code.

(R) "Physician" means a person issued a certificate to practice in accordance with Chapter 4731. of the Revised Code or rules adopted by the state medical board of a comparable body in another state.

(S) "Physician assistant (PA)" means a person who has obtained a valid certificate to practice in accordance with Chapter 4730. of the Revised Code or rules adopted by the state medical board of another state.

(T) "Primary use space" means any space, including buildings and/or tracts of land, that is used by the child day camp at least seventy per cent of the day for programming purposes involving the enrolled children. Primary use spaces do not include areas that are not owned, rented or operated by the camp such as field trip locations or routine trip locations.

(U) "Primitive campsite" means any outdoor space in a natural environment without access to electricity, water supply systems, central food service, sewage treatment facilities and/or housing.

(V) "Public children services agency (PCSA)" means an entity specified in section 5153.02 of the Revised Code that has assumed the powers and duties of the children services function prescribed by Chapter 5153. of the Revised Code for a county.

(W) "Registered child day camp" means a camp that has completed and submitted a registration and fee to ODJFS for the purpose of reporting the operation of a child day camp. Registered child day camps are assigned a registration number and are included in the ODJFS searchable database of child care providers in the state of Ohio. Registered child day camps shall abide by rule 5101:2-18-02 of the Administrative Code, but are not considered "approved child day camps" and are not required to abide by the rules in Chapter 5101:2-18 of the Administrative Code that refer to camps approved to provide publicly funded child care.

(X) "Routine trips" means repeated excursions off the child day camp premises which regularly occur on a previously scheduled basis with parental permission.

(Y) "School-age child" means a child who is enrolled in or is eligible to be enrolled in a grade of kindergarten or above but is less than fifteen years old or, in the case of a child who is receiving special needs child care, is less than eighteen years old.

(Z) "Special needs child care" means child care provided to a child who is less than eighteen years of age and either has one or more chronic health conditions or does not meet age appropriate expectations in one or more areas of development, including social, emotional, cognitive, communicative, perceptual, motor, physical, and behavioral development and that may include on a regular basis such services, adaptations, modifications, or adjustments needed to assist in the child's function or development.

(AA) "Specialized activities" means those camp program activities that meet one or more of the following:

(1) Require a specialized skill set or knowledge.

(2) Use equipment, animals or tools that require supervision by a person skilled in their use.

(3) Involve the use of fire or the use of heat-producing equipment or substances.

(4) Require injury-protection equipment, such as, but not limited to, helmets, goggles or padding.

(5) Consist of specific sport related programs only, such as, but not limited to, baseball, lacrosse, soccer, etc.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 5104.21, 5104.22
Amplifies: 5104.01, 5104.21, 5104.22
Five Year Review Date: 4/16/2023
Prior Effective Dates: 9/1/1993
Rule 5101:2-18-02 | Requirements for child day camp registrations.
 

(A) A person shall not operate a child day camp without annually registering with the Ohio department of job and family services (ODJFS) unless the child day camp meets the exemption criteria in section 5104.21 of the Revised Code.

(B) The person operating a child day camp shall register the camp by completing and submitting a registration and fee online in the Ohio child licensing and quality system (OCLQS) at https://oclqs.force.com by March fifteenth annually.

(1) The fee shall be twenty-five dollars per camp, not to exceed two hundred fifty dollars for all camps, pursuant to section 5104.21 of the Revised Code.

(2) The fee is nonrefundable and nonreturnable. This registration shall be effective for the period of March fifteenth of the current year through March fourteenth of the following calendar year.

(3) Registration of a new child day camp after March fifteenth shall be effective from the date of registration through March fourteenth of the following year.

(C) A child day camp administrator or a designated staff member shall provide the parents of each child who attends or participates in the registered child day camp with the telephone numbers of the county department of health or local health district and the public children services agency of the county in which the day camp is located, and a statement that the parents may use these telephone numbers to make a complaint regarding the child day camp.

(D) If a child day camp that is required to register under section 5104.21 of the Revised Code fails to register with ODJFS, or if a child day camp that files a registration form knowingly provides false or misleading information, the child day camp shall register correctly and pay a registration fee equal to three times the registration fee.

(E) An applicant, employee, including an administrator and counselor of a child day camp, shall request a bureau of criminal investigation (BCI) and a federal bureau of investigation (FBI) criminal records check pursuant to section 5104.013 of the Revised Code. The request shall be made at the time of initial application for employment and every five years thereafter.

(1) A child day camp may employ an applicant or continue to employ an employee until the criminal records check is completed and the camp receives the results of the check. Until the administrator has reviewed the results of the criminal records check and determines that the applicant or employee is eligible for employment, the camp shall not grant the applicant or employee sole responsibility for the care, custody, or control of a child. If the results indicate that the applicant or employee is ineligible for employment, the camp shall immediately release the applicant or employee from employment.

(2) The administrator shall determine an applicant or employee ineligible for employment if the person has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to any of the violations described in division (A)(5) of section 109.572 of the Revised Code unless the individual meets the rehabilitation criteria in appendix A of this rule. If the applicant or employee, upon request, fails to provide the information necessary to complete the form or fails to provide impressions of the person's fingerprints, the administrator may consider the failure a reason to determine an applicant or employee ineligible for employment. When the applicant or employee is determined ineligible, the registered child day camp shall not employ the applicant or employee or contract with another entity for the services of the applicant or employee.

(3) Each registered child day camp shall pay to BCI and FBI the prescribed fee for each criminal records check conducted. A camp may charge an applicant or employee a fee for the costs it incurs in obtaining a criminal records check. A fee charged shall not exceed the fees the camp pays under this rule. If a fee is charged, the camp shall notify the applicant at the time of the applicant's initial application for employment of the amount of the fee and that, unless the fee is paid, the camp will not consider the applicant for employment.

(4) Criminal records check results are confidential and not public records and shall not be made available to any person other than the person who is the subject of the criminal records check or the person's representative, the director of job and family services, the administrator, and any court, hearing officer, or other necessary individual involved in a case dealing with a denial or revocation of registration related to the criminal records check.

(F) The director of job and family services may periodically conduct a random sampling of registered child day camps pursuant to section 5104.21 of the Revised Code to determine compliance with section 5104.013 of the Revised Code.

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Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 5104.21
Amplifies: 5104.013
Five Year Review Date: 4/16/2023
Prior Effective Dates: 6/6/1993, 4/1/2003, 4/1/2009, 3/1/2010, 7/20/2014
Rule 5101:2-18-03 | Application for approved child day camps.
 

(A) What is the application process to establish or operate an approved child day camp?

The owner or owner's representative shall:

(1) Obtain accreditation by the American camp association (ACA) or any nationally recognized organization that accredits child day camps by using standards that the Ohio department of job and family services (ODJFS) has determined are substantially similar and comparable to those of the ACA.

(2) Complete a professional registry profile for the child day camp owner through the Ohio professional registry (OPR) at https://login.occrra.org/opr.

(3) Complete the required pre-camp orientation training in the OPR. The orientation training shall have been taken within two years prior to the application date.

(4) Complete and submit a registration pursuant to rule 5101:2-18-02 of the Administrative Code.

(5) Complete and submit the application for an approved child day camp online in the Ohio child licensing and quality system (OCLQS) at https://oclqs.force.com.

(a) The application is considered complete when the applicant has uploaded all documentation outlined in appendix A of this rule.

(b) The application must be completed by April fifteenth of the year the camp wishes to be approved to receive public funds. Completed applications received by ODJFS after April fifteenth may not be approved by the beginning of that summer.

(c) Any application submitted without complete and accurate information will need to be amended with complete and accurate information before being approved.

(6) Comply with an initial pre-approval inspection by ODJFS.

(B) How long is a child day camp approved?

A child day camp shall be approved until March fourteenth of the following year, unless one of the following occurs:

(1) The approval is terminated for noncompliance with section 5104.21 or 5104.22 of the Revised Code or Chapter 5101:2-16 or 5101:2-18 of the Administrative Code.

(2) The approved child day camp fails to maintain accreditation by the ACA or similar accrediting body approved by ODJFS.

(3) The camp changes ownership or the primary use space as defined in rule 5101:2-18-01 of the Administrative Code is moved to a new address.

(4) The approved child day camp notifies ODJFS in writing of its voluntary withdrawal from the approval process.

(C) What are the requirements once an approval has been issued?

At the time the child day camp receives its approval, the child day camp shall complete and submit a provider agreement and all information required pursuant to rule 5101:2-16-44 of the Administrative Code in the provider portal at http://jfs.ohio.gov/cdc/CCIDS.stm. This information shall be submitted before the first day publicly funded child care services are provided.

(D) What are the requirements to renew an approval for a child day camp?

(1) Prior to the expiration of the current approval period, the child day camp shall complete and submit an application and registration in OCLQS.

(2) Approvals shall be renewed without a pre-approval inspection unless:

(a) The child day camp moves to a new primary use space as defined in rule 5101:2-18-01 of the Administrative Code.

(b) The child day camp changes ownership.

(c) The child day camp does not complete and submit an application and registration in OCLQS by March fifteenth of the following year.

(3) Approvals that have been renewed shall have at least one unannounced inspection by ODJFS per camp season.

(E) What if the child day camp loses its ACA accreditation or its accreditation by any nationally recognized organization that has been approved by ODJFS?

(1) The approved child day camp shall notify ODJFS within twenty-four hours of losing its accreditation.

(2) Approval shall be removed pursuant to paragraph (F) of this rule.

(F) What happens if approval is denied or removed by ODJFS?

(1) If ODJFS denies or removes an approval for non-compliance of section 5104.21 of the Revised Code, Chapter 5101:2-16 of the Administrative Code or Chapter 5101:2-18 of the Administrative Code, the child day camp may not provide publicly funded child care services.

(2) If an approval is removed, another approval shall not be issued to the owner of the child day camp until the child day camp complies with those sections and rules, or for a period of two years from the date the approval was removed, whichever period is longer.

(G) What information shall the child day camp keep current in OCLQS?

(1) Mailing address.

(2) Telephone number.

(3) Email address.

(4) Days and hours of operation.

(5) Services offered.

(6) Name of administrator.

(7) Name of program.

(H) What information shall the child day camp keep current in the provider portal?

Private pay rates shall be kept current in the provider portal.

(I) What if the individual listed as an owner on the JFS 00598 "Owner's Authorized Representative/Partnership Form for Child Care" (rev. 10/2015) changes?

The approved child day camp shall complete an updated JFS 00598 and submit online at https://oclqs.force.com within thirty days of the change.

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Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 5104.21, 5104.22
Amplifies: 5104.21, 5104.22
Five Year Review Date: 4/16/2023
Rule 5101:2-18-03.1 | Transitional pandemic requirements for approved child day camps.
 

(A) What are transitional pandemic requirements for an approved child day camp?

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

(B) When does an approved child day camp follow these requirements?

Approved child day camps are to 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 requirements for transitional approved child day camps?

The approved child day camp is to follow all operating procedures pursuant to Chapter 5101:2-18 of the Administrative Code, with the following exceptions and additions:

(1) The approved child day camp will follow all guidelines set by the governor of Ohio or the director of the Ohio department of health.

(2) The administrator, child day camp staff members and employees will wash hands using soap and water or using hand sanitizer at the following times:

(a) Upon arrival and prior to leaving for the day.

(b) Upon entering a classroom, after breaks and upon returning from outside.

(c) After toileting or assisting a child with toileting.

(d) After contact with bodily fluids or cleaning up spills or objects contaminated with bodily fluids.

(e) After cleaning or sanitizing or using any chemical products.

(f) After handling pets, pet cages or other pet objects that have come in contact with the pet.

(g) Before and after eating, serving or preparing food, or feeding a child.

(h) Before and after completing a medical procedure or administering medication.

(i) After caring for someone who is sick.

(j) After blowing their nose, coughing or sneezing.

(k) Before and after touching their face or handling their mask.

(l) When visibly soiled (will use soap and water).

(3) All children will wash their hands using soap and water or using hand sanitizer at the following times:

(a) Upon arrival and prior to leaving for the day.

(b) After toileting.

(c) After contact with bodily fluids.

(d) After returning inside after outdoor play.

(e) After handling pets, pet cages or other pet objects that have come in contact with the pet before moving on to another activity.

(f) Before and after eating or assisting with food preparation.

(g) After water activities.

(h) After blowing their nose, coughing or sneezing.

(i) After touching their face or handling their mask.

(j) When visibly soiled (will use soap and water).

(4) The approved child day camp may use non-permanent sinks to meet the handwashing requirements of Chapter 5101:2-18 of the Administrative Code.

(5) The approved child day camp will ensure that all administrators, employees, child day camp staff members and children are assessed for temperature and the symptoms listed in appendix A to this rule prior to or as soon as they arrive each day.

(a) If a person has a temperature of one hundred degrees Fahrenheit or higher:

(i) The day camp will immediately send the person home. The individual will not return to the day camp until he or she has been fever-free without the use of medication for at least twenty-four hours.

(ii) If the person had known contact with someone confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19, the individual will not return to the day camp until isolation or quarantine protocols for COVID-19 are completed in coordination with the local health department or in compliance with the Ohio department of health (ODH) and United States centers for disease control and prevention (CDC) guidelines.

(b) If a person has any of the symptoms listed in appendix A to this rule and has had known contact with someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19:

(i) The day camp will immediately send the person home.

(ii) The individual will not return to the day camp until isolation or quarantine protocols for COVID-19 are completed in coordination with the local health department or in compliance with ODH and CDC guidelines.

(c) The requirements of this paragraph also apply to anyone whose symptoms are assessed after arrival.

(6) The approved day camp will ensure that all administrators, child day camp staff members and employees wear a face covering while indoors, unless not medically appropriate. Face coverings cover the individual's nose and mouth.

(7) In accordance with the recommendations of the Ohio children's hospital association which is consistent with the Ohio chapter, American academy of pediatrics (Ohio AAP) and CDC guidelines (which is available at http://ohioaap.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Face-Mask-Guidance.pdf) the day camp will ensure that all school-age children wear a face covering while indoors, unless not medically or developmentally appropriate. "School-age child" means a child who is enrolled in and attending a grade of kindergarten or above but is less than fifteen years old or, in the case of a child who is receiving special needs child care, is less than eighteen years old. Face coverings cover the child's nose and mouth.

(8) If an administrator, employee, or child day camp staff member employed by the child day camp or a child enrolled in the child day camp tests positive for COVID-19, the program is to:

(a) Notify ODJFS by the next business day in the Ohio child licensing and quality system as a serious incident pursuant to rule 5101:2-18-10 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 or in compliance with ODH and CDC guidelines prior to being permitted to return to the program.

(9) If the approved day camp wants to divide a room into smaller spaces to serve additional groups of children, dividers may be used if they meet the following requirements:

(a) The dividers are at least six feet in height.

(b) The dividers are made from a nonporous material or other material that can be sanitized.

(c) The dividers meet any requirements set by the department of commerce, local building department, state fire marshal or local fire safety inspector.

(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 child day camp requirements.

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Last updated May 10, 2021 at 10:42 AM

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 5104.21, 5104.22
Amplifies: 5104.21, 5104.22
Five Year Review Date: 5/9/2026
Prior Effective Dates: 8/8/2020 (Emer.), 8/25/2020 (Emer.)
Rule 5101:2-18-04 | Compliance inspection and complaint investigation of an approved child day camp.
 

(A) How many inspections are required for approved child day camps?

(1) At least one inspection prior to the initial issuance of a child day camp approval.

(2) The camp shall comply with at least one inspection each summer the camp renews after the initial issuance of approval.

(3) Any complaint investigations involving the child day camp.

(B) Will inspections be announced or unannounced?

All inspections may be unannounced.

(C) What is required of an approved child day camp for an inspection and/or complaint investigation?

The approved child day camp shall allow the Ohio department of job and family services (ODJFS) to:

(1) Complete an inspection of all areas where children have access, and all areas used to verify compliance with Chapter 5101:2-18 of the Administrative Code and Chapter 5104. of the Revised Code.

(2) Review required records and documentation, including any documentation required for accreditation by the American camp association (ACA) or any nationally recognized organization that accredits child day camps by using standards that ODJFS has determined to be substantially similar to those of the ACA.

(3) Document findings in writing or in photographs or by any other means.

(4) Interview or take statements from any of the following:

(a) Building inspectors, fire department inspectors, sanitarians, public health or other state or local officials.

(b) Neighbors.

(c) Parents and relatives of children enrolled at the approved child day camp.

(d) Staff of the public children services agency (PCSA).

(e) Anyone mentioned by the complainant.

(f) Law enforcement personnel.

(g) Current and past child day camp employees.

(h) Other witnesses.

(D) What are additional requirements for an approved child day camp as a result of an inspection and/or complaint investigation?

The approved child day camp shall:

(1) Provide materials in the Ohio child care licensing and quality system (OCLQS) addressing non-compliances detailed in the inspection report within the time frame requested in the inspection report.

(2) Not misrepresent, falsify or withhold information from ODJFS.

(E) What if the approved child day camp does not agree with ODJFS findings?

The approved child day camp shall:

(1) Complete and submit a JFS 01283 "Request for Review for an Approved Child Day Camp" (4/2018) with any applicable documentation.

(2) The request and documentation shall be submitted within seven business days from the receipt of the inspection report.

(F) Are child day camp inspection records available to the public?

(1) Inspections may be viewed at http://childcaresearch.ohio.gov/.

(2) An individual may submit a written request to ODJFS for a copy of the child day camp's record.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 5104.21, 5104.22
Amplifies: 5104.21, 5104.22
Five Year Review Date: 4/16/2023
Rule 5101:2-18-05 | Child day camp administrator requirements for an approved child day camp.
 

(A) What are the duties of the child day camp administrator of an approved child day camp?

The child day camp administrator shall:

(1) Be responsible for the daily operation of the approved child day camp and for maintaining compliance with Chapter 5101:2-18 of the Administrative Code.

(2) Be on-site a minimum of one-half of the hours that the approved child day camp is in operation during the week, or forty hours per week, whichever is less.

(3) Be on-site at least twenty hours per week during the hours of seven a.m. to six p.m., Monday through Friday, for approved child day camps that are in operation on the weekends and/or evenings/overnights, as well as during the week. If there is more than one child day camp administrator, at least one must meet this requirement.

(4) Be responsible for the creation, maintenance and implementation of the policies and procedures detailed in appendix A to this rule. Nothing in these policies shall conflict with Chapter 5104. of the Revised Code or Chapter 5101:2-16 or 5101:2-18 of the Administrative Code. A copy of these policies and procedures shall be available at the primary use space.

(5) Provide the parents and all employees with the policies and procedures in appendix A to this rule.

(6) Provide the information in appendix B to this rule to the parent(s) of children enrolled at the approved child day camp.

(7) Have available on-site a written list of all employees and child day camp staff members, including their dates of hire, positions, scheduled hours, and the names of the groups for which child day camp staff members are responsible.

(8) Complete a professional registry profile for the child day camp administrator through the Ohio professional registry (OPR) at https://login.occrra.org/opr.

(9) Ensure that each employee and child day camp staff member is registered in the OPR by the first day of employment.

(10) Ensure that observations are completed for all junior counselors by a child day camp staff member that is in a supervisory role, pursuant to paragraph (B)(3) of rule 5101:2-18-06 of the Administrative Code.

(11) Have a file available on-site for each enrolled child by the child's first day of attendance which shall include:

(a) The child's name, age and birthdate.

(b) Emergency contact names and telephone numbers.

(c) The name, address and telephone number of the child's primary care physician.

(d) A medical care plan if necessary pursuant to paragraph (C) of rule 5101:2-18-11 of the Administrative Code.

(12) Ensure that no administrator, employee, or child day camp staff member discriminates in the enrollment of children upon the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, or national origin.

(B) What if a child day camp administrator is not on the premises?

(1) A child day camp staff member who is at least eighteen years of age shall be designated as the person in charge and be on the premises.

(2) The designated person in charge shall handle all emergencies and have access to all records required by Chapters 5101:2-16 and 5101:2-18 of the Administrative Code.

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Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 5104.21, 5104.22
Amplifies: 5104.21, 5104.22
Five Year Review Date: 4/16/2023
Prior Effective Dates: 4/16/2018
Rule 5101:2-18-06 | Lead counselor, junior counselor, counselor-in-training and employee requirements in an approved child day camp.
 

(A) What are the requirements for a lead counselor in an approved child day camp?

A lead counselor is considered a child day camp staff member as defined in rule 5101:2-18-01 of the Administrative Code. A lead counselor shall:

(1) Be at least eighteen years of age.

(2) Comply with the background check requirements pursuant to rule 5101:2-18-07 of the Administrative Code.

(3) Complete a professional registry profile through the Ohio professional registry (OPR) at https://login.occrra.org/opr by the first day of employment.

(B) What are the requirements for a junior counselor in an approved child day camp?

A junior counselor is considered a child day camp staff member as defined in rule 5101:2-18-01 of the Administrative Code. A junior counselor shall:

(1) Be at least sixteen years of age.

(2) Be at least two years older than the group of children with whom they are working.

(3) Demonstrate the ability to handle groups of children independently through observations by staff in supervisory roles.

(4) Comply with the background check requirements pursuant to rule 5101:2-18-07 of the Administrative Code.

(5) Complete a professional registry profile through the Ohio professional registry (OPR) at https://login.occrra.org/opr by the first day of employment.

(C) What are the requirements for a counselor-in-training in an approved child day camp?

A counselor-in-training shall be considered a child in care and shall:

(1) Be at least twelve years of age and no more than fifteen years of age.

(2) Be part of a structured volunteer program at the camp that offers leadership and work experience opportunities for older school-agers.

(3) Be included in staff/child ratios as a child, not a staff member.

(4) Not be left alone with children.

(5) Not be considered an employee or child care staff member, and not subject to the background check requirements in rule 5101:2-18-07 of the Administrative Code.

(D) What are the requirements for an employee in an approved child day camp?

An employee at an approved child day camp is not considered a child day camp staff member and cannot be left alone with children. An employee shall:

(1) Be at least fifteen years of age.

(2) Comply with the background check requirements pursuant to rule 5101:2-18-07 of the Administrative Code.

(3) Complete a professional registry profile through the Ohio professional registry (OPR) at https://login.occrra.org/opr by the first day of employment.

(E) What are the orientation requirements for child day camp staff members, including administrators, in an approved child day camp?

(1) All child day camp staff members including administrators shall complete an online pre-camp orientation prescribed by ODJFS within thirty days of starting employment, unless the staff member has documentation of completion of the training after the effective date of this rule.

(2) Completion of training shall be documented with verification from the OPR.

(3) The online orientation may be used for up to five hours of professional development for child day camp staff members pursuant to rule 5101:2-18-08 of the Administrative Code.

(4) Child day camp staff members may be used in ratio, but may not have sole care of the children until the pre-camp orientation is completed.

(5) Any staff members including administrators employed prior to the effective date of the rule shall complete training by July 1, 2018.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 5104.21, 5104.22
Amplifies: 5104.21, 5104.22
Five Year Review Date: 4/16/2023
Rule 5101:2-18-07 | Background check requirements for an approved child day camp.
 

(A) What records are included in a background check?

(1) Bureau of criminal investigation (BCI) records pursuant to section 5104.013 of the Revised Code.

(2) Federal bureau of investigation (FBI) records pursuant to section 5104.013 of the Revised Code.

(3) National sex offender registry.

(4) State sex offender registry.

(5) Statewide automated child welfare information system (SACWIS) records.

(B) Who shall have a background check?

(1) An owner and administrator of an approved child day camp or applicant to be approved as a child day camp.

(2) An employee of an approved child day camp as defined in rule 5101:2-18-01 of the Administrative Code.

(3) A child day camp staff member as defined in rule 5101:2-18-01 of the Administrative Code.

(C) When is a background check required?

(1) At initial application for approval of a child day camp.

(2) Prior to the first day of employment for employees and child day camp staff members.

(3) Every five years from the date of the most recent BCI records check.

(D) How is a background check obtained?

The individual shall:

(1) Create a profile in the Ohio professional registry (OPR).

(2) Submit fingerprints electronically according to the process established by BCI, and have the results sent directly to the Ohio department of job and family services (ODJFS). Information on how to obtain a background check can be found at https://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Business/Services-for-Business/WebCheck.

(3) Complete and submit the request for a background check for child care in the OPR.

(E) What if an individual previously resided in a state other than Ohio?

(1) ODJFS will contact any states in which the individual resided in the previous five years to request the information required in paragraph (A) to this rule.

(2) Any information received from other states will be reviewed and considered by ODJFS as part of the background check review pursuant to paragraph (G) of this rule.

(F) What happens if an individual does not complete the full background check determination process?

(1) If the individual completes only the requirements in paragraph (D)(2) of this rule or only the requirements in paragraph (D)(3) of this rule and does not submit the other component within forty-five days, the background check process will end and a determination of eligibility will not be made.

(2) ODJFS will notify the individual and the program that the background check determination process has ended.

(3) The individual will need to complete the requirements of paragraphs (D)(2) and (D)(3) of this rule to restart the background check determination process in the future.

(G) What makes an individual ineligible to own or be employed by an approved day camp?

(1) A conviction or guilty plea to an offense listed in division (A)(5) of section 109.572 of the Revised Code, unless the individual meets the rehabilitation criteria in appendix A to this rule.

(a) Section 109.572 of the Revised Code requires that this rule applies to records of convictions that have been sealed pursuant to section 2953.32 of the Revised Code.

(b) A conviction or a plea of guilty to an offense listed in division (A)(5) of section 109.572 of the Revised Code is not prohibitive if the individual has been granted an unconditional pardon for the offense pursuant to Chapter 2967. of the Revised Code or the conviction or guilty plea has been set aside pursuant to law. For purposes of this rule, "unconditional pardon" includes a conditional pardon with respect to which all conditions have been performed or have transpired.

(2) Being registered or required to be registered on the national or state sex offender registry or repository.

(3) The individual is identified in SACWIS as the perpetrator for a substantiated finding of child abuse or neglect in the previous ten years from the date the request for background check was submitted or the individual has had a child removed from their home in the previous ten years pursuant to section 2151.353 of the Revised Code due to a court determination of abuse or neglect caused by that specific individual.

(H) What happens after the individual requests the background check in the OPR and submits fingerprints through a webcheck location?

(1) The approved child day camp and individual will receive notification of preliminary approval generated from the OPR.

(2) The approved child day camp will receive the JFS 01176 "Program Notification of Background Check Review for Child Care" (rev. 9/2019) from ODJFS and shall keep it on file if not available in the OPR.

(a) For those individuals not eligible for employment, the approved child day camp shall not hire the individual or shall terminate them from employment immediately upon receipt of the JFS 01176.

(b) Until preliminary approval is received from ODJFS, an administrator, employee or child day camp staff member hired on or after the effective date of this rule shall not engage in any assigned duties or be near children.

(c) A child day camp staff member with preliminary approval but not a JFS 01176 on file at the child day camp or in the OPR shall not be left alone with children and shall be supervised at all times by another child day camp staff member with a JFS 01176 on file or in the OPR.

(d) Only child day camp staff members with a JFS 01176 on file at the child day camp or in the OPR may be left alone with children.

(3) The individual will receive the JFS 01177 "Individual Notification of Background Check Review for Child Care" (rev. 9/2019) from ODJFS.

(a) If the individual believes the information received is not accurate, the individual may directly contact the agency that contributed the questioned information.

(b) If the individual disagrees with the employment eligibility decision made by ODJFS, a JFS 01178 "Request for Review of Background Check Decision for Child Care" (10/2017) shall be completed to request a review of the decision. The JFS 01178 shall be submitted within fourteen business days from the date on the JFS 01177.

(I) What happens after an individual submits a JFS 01178 to ODJFS?

If an individual requests a review of a background check decision pursuant to paragraph (H)(3)(b) of this rule:

(1) The program shall not allow the individual to be on-site at the program during the review by ODJFS.

(2) If the individual is determined to be eligible for employment, the program may allow the individual to be employed and shall keep the updated JFS 01176 on file pursuant to paragraph (H)(2) of this rule.

(J) What are the background check requirements if an individual becomes employed at another licensed program?

(1) Only the request for a background check for child care in the OPR is required if the individual meets all of the following:

(a) The individual has a current background check determination by ODJFS completed in the previous five years pursuant to this rule.

(b) The individual has been employed by an approved child day camp, licensed child care center, licensed type A home, licensed type B home, a preschool or school-age program approved to provide publicly funded child care or certified as an in-home aide or was a resident of a licensed type A home or licensed type B home in the previous one hundred eighty consecutive days.

(2) Upon receipt of the request, ODJFS will provide the JFS 01176 based on the existing background check determination on file to the new employer.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 5104.21, 5104.22
Amplifies: 5104.21, 5104.22
Five Year Review Date: 4/16/2023
Prior Effective Dates: 4/16/2018
Rule 5101:2-18-08 | Training and professional development requirements for an approved child day camp.
 

(A) What are the health training requirements for an approved child day camp?

(1) All child day camp staff members are to be currently trained in first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) appropriate for the age and developmental levels of the children in care.

(a) First aid and CPR trainings are to be completed within the first thirty days of hire.

(b) Until all required individuals are current in the trainings, at a minimum, the child day camp is to have at least one trained child day camp staff member on-site (in each building or on the grounds) during all hours of operation who meets this requirement.

(2) An approved child day camp shall have at least one child day camp staff member on-site (in each building or on grounds) during all hours of operation who is currently trained in management of communicable disease (more than one person may be used to meet this requirement).

(3) All child day camp staff members are to be currently trained in child abuse and neglect recognition and prevention. The child abuse and neglect recognition and prevention training shall be completed within thirty days of hire.

(a) If the child day camp provides training in child abuse and neglect recognition and prevention and meets the American camp association (ACA) requirements, it can be taken in place of the Ohio department of job and family (ODJFS) training.

(b) Until all required individuals are current in this training, at a minimum, the child day camp is to have at least one trained child day camp staff member on-site (in each building or on the grounds) during all hours of operation who meets this requirement.

(4) Trainings are to meet course and trainer requirements in appendix A to this rule.

(5) If a child day camp staff member meets the trainer requirements in appendix A to this rule for a health training, that person is considered to meet the health training requirement for that health training pursuant to paragraphs (A)(1) and (A)(2) of this rule.

(6) Audiovisual or electronic media training are not to be used to meet the CPR training requirement pursuant to paragraph (A)(1) of this rule unless there is also an in-person training component.

(B) What are the ongoing professional development training requirements for the administrator and child day camp staff members ?

Complete a minimum of five clock hours of professional development training each fiscal year in any of the categories approved by the ACA or similar camp accrediting body approved by ODJFS. The fiscal year is defined as July first through June thirtieth.

(C) What verification is needed on file at the approved child day camp to document the completed training?

(1) The health trainings shall be documented by one of the following:

(a) Verification from the Ohio professional registry (OPR).

(b) Training cards or certificates issued by the training organization.

(c) The JFS 01276 "Health Training Documentation for Child Care".

(2) The on-going professional development shall be documented by one of the following:

(a) Verification from OPR.

(b) Transcript of completion of college courses from an accredited university, college or technical college.

(i) One quarter credit hour equals ten clock hours of training.

(ii) One semester credit hour equals fifteen clock hours of training.

(c) Certificates indicating continuing education units (CEU). One CEU equals ten clock hours of training.

(d) Certificates issued by ACA or a similar camp accrediting body approved by ODJFS.

(e) The JFS 01307 "Professional Development Documentation for Child Care."

(f) Certificates issued by Ohio child welfare training centers.

(3) An approved child day camp administrator or owner shall, within five business days, provide current staff with copies of their training documentation upon request or upon separation from employment for any records not verified in the OPR.

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Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 5104.21, 5104.22
Amplifies: 5104.21, 5104.22
Five Year Review Date: 4/16/2023
Prior Effective Dates: 4/16/2018
Rule 5101:2-18-09 | Supervision of children and ratios for an approved child day camp.
 

(A) What are the requirements for staff/child ratios for an approved child day camp?

(1) The approved child day camp shall ensure that the following day camp staff members/child ratios are maintained at all times:

(a) For children five to eleven years of age, a one to eighteen staff to child ratio is required.

(b) For children eleven to eighteen years of age, a one to twenty staff to child ratio is required.

(2) Approved child day camp staff members shall not be counted in the staff/child ratio when engaged in duties or activities that interfere with supervision of children.

(3) Children shall be organized and assigned to a group.

(a) A child with special needs shall be included in the group that best meets the child's developmental needs.

(b) Specific child day camp staff members shall be assigned and responsible for the care and supervision of the children in their group on a daily basis.

(B) What are the requirements for approved child day camps to keep an attendance record?

(1) The program shall have written documentation of the following:

(a) The name and birth date of the child.

(b) The assigned group for the child.

(c) The child's weekly schedule.

(d) Each child shall be checked in upon arrival at camp and checked out when leaving for the day.

(2) Attendance documentation for each day shall be kept in a place where child day camp staff have easy access at all times.

(3) Written attendance records shall be kept on file at the approved child day camp for a period of one year.

(4) Each group shall have a method for tracking the children in the group. This tracking method shall ensure that child day camp staff members know the whereabouts of the children they are responsible for at all times.

(C) What are the requirements for supervision by approved child day camp staff members?

Each child day camp staff member shall:

(1) Leave no child unsupervised. Supervision means the child day camp staff members have knowledge of a child's needs and accountability for his or her care at all times. Supervision includes awareness of and responsibility for the activity of each child and being near enough to respond and reach children immediately.

(2) Ensure all children are within sight or hearing of child day camp staff members at all times. Within sight or hearing means without the use of mechanical devices such as video cameras or walkie talkies. The use of mirrors to view children in another area does not meet the supervision requirements of this rule.

(3) Not be under the influence of any substance that impairs the child day camp staff member's ability to supervise children and/or perform duties. Illegal drugs and substances shall not be on the premises. Alcohol shall only be kept in areas not approved or used for children.

(4) Have immediate access at all times to a working telephone on the premises that is capable of receiving incoming calls and making outgoing calls.

(5) Only release a child to the parent or to a person who has previously been approved by the parent.

(6) Not permit children to be exposed to inappropriate language or media.

(D) What child guidance techniques shall be used in the approved child day camp?

(1) All child day camp staff members, including administrators and owners, shall follow appendix A to this rule regarding guidance techniques to be used with children.

(2) The approved child day camp shall communicate and consult with the parent prior to implementing a specific behavior management plan. This plan shall be in writing and signed by the parent and shall be consistent with the requirements of this rule.

(E) What are the child abuse and/or neglect reporting requirements?

If the owner, administrator, employee or child day camp staff member suspects that a child has been abused or neglected, he or she shall immediately notify the public children services agency (PCSA).

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 5104.21, 5104.22
Amplifies: 5104.21, 5104.22
Five Year Review Date: 4/16/2023
Rule 5101:2-18-10 | Emergency, disaster and health-related plans for an approved child day camp.
 

(A) What are the general emergency, disaster and health requirements for an approved child day camp?

The approved child day camp shall develop a written emergency and disaster plan and train child day camp staff members and employees on each plan annually. Written documentation of this training is to be kept on-site.

(1) The plan is to include procedures that will be used to prepare for and respond to the following types of emergency or disaster situations:

(a) Weather emergencies and natural disasters which include severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, flash flooding or earthquakes.

(b) Emergency outdoor or indoor lockdown or evacuation due to threats of violence which includes active shooter, bioterrorism or terrorism.

(c) Emergency or disaster evacuations due to hazardous materials and spills, gas leaks or bomb threats.

(d) Outbreaks, epidemics or other infectious disease emergencies.

(e) Loss of power, water or heat.

(f) Other threatening situations that may pose a health or safety hazard to the children at the day camp.

(g) Conduct monthly fire and weather emergency drills.

(2) The emergency and disaster plan are to include details for:

(a) Shelter in place or evacuation, how the approved child day camp will care for and account for the children until they can be reunited with the parent.

(b) Assisting children with special needs and/or health conditions.

(c) Reunification with parents.

(i) Emergency contact information for the parents and the approved child day camp.

(ii) Procedures for notifying and communicating with parents regarding the location of the children if evacuated.

(iii) Procedures for communicating with parents during loss of communication, including loss of phone service or internet availability.

(d) The location of supplies and procedures for gathering necessary supplies for children if required to shelter in place.

(e) What to do if a disaster occurs during the transport of children or when on a field trip or routine trip.

(f) Making the plan available to all child day camp staff members and employees.

(g) Training of staff or reassignment of staff duties as appropriate.

(h) Updating the plan on a yearly basis.

(i) Contact with local emergency management officials.

(B) What is a serious incident?

(1) Death of a child at the approved child day camp.

(2) An incident, injury or illness that requires professional medical consultation or treatment for a child.

(3) An unusual or unexpected incident which jeopardizes the safety of a child, child day camp staff member, or employee of an approved child day camp.

(C) What does the approved child day camp do if there is a serious incident?

The approved day camp is to:

(1) Log in to Ohio child licensing and quality system (OCLQS) at https://oclqs.force.com by the next business day to report the incident as described in paragraph (B) of this rule. This notification does not replace reporting to the public children services agency (PCSA) if there are any concerns of child abuse and/or neglect as required by rule 5101:2-18-09 of the Administrative Code.

(2) Notify in writing the parents of the child(ren) involved in the serious incident. A copy of the completed serious incident report in OCLQS may be given to the parent or the person picking up the child to meet this notification requirement.

(3) If a child is transported by anyone other than a parent for emergency treatment the child's health and medical records required by rule 5101:2-18-11 of the Administrative Code are to accompany the child. The child day camp administrator or a child day camp staff member is to stay with the child until the parent assumes responsibility for the child's care.

(D) What are the communicable disease requirements for an approved child day camp?

(1) Any child enrolled and attending the child day camp with signs or symptoms of illness listed in appendix A to this rule is to be immediately isolated and discharged to their parent or guardian or person designated by the parent or guardian.

(2) The JFS 08087 "Communicable Disease Chart" is to be displayed in the size available in the Ohio department of job and family services (ODJFS) forms central in order for individuals to easily read, identify and respond to communicable diseases.

Child day camp staff members and employees are to:

(a) Follow the requirements listed on the JFS 08087.

(b) If the communicable disease is required to be reported to the local health department, the child day camp is to report the communicable disease to ODJFS in accordance with paragraph (B) to this rule by the end of the next business day.

(3) No later than the end of the next business day, the child day camp is to notify parents when their child has been exposed to a communicable disease listed on the JFS 08087.

(4) The child day camp is to release employees and staff members who have a communicable disease or who are unable to perform their duties due to illness.

(E) What are the specific procedures the approved day camp needs to follow for standard precautions?

(1) Blood spills shall be treated cautiously and decontaminated promptly. Disposable vinyl gloves shall be worn during contact with blood or bodily fluids which contain blood, such as vomit or feces in which blood can be seen.

(2) Surfaces contaminated with blood or bodily fluids containing blood shall first be cleaned with hot, soapy water and then sanitized with an appropriate bleach solution which is prepared on a daily basis according to product guidelines, or other acceptable disinfectant solution which is environmental protection agency (EPA) rated as hospital disinfectant with a label claim for mycobactericidal activity.

(3) Disposal of materials that contain blood requires a sealable, leakproof plastic bag or double bagging in plastic bags that are securely tied.

(4) Non-disposable items, such as clothing that contains blood, shall be placed in a sealable, leakproof plastic bag or double bagged in plastic bags that are securely tied and sent home with the child.

(5) Sharp items used for procedures on children with special care needs, such as lancets for finger sticks or syringes, require a disposable container called a "sharps container." This is a container made out of durable, rigid material which safely stores the lancets or needles until they are disposed of properly. Sharps containers are to be stored out of the reach of children.

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Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 5104.21, 5104.22
Amplifies: 5104.21, 5104.22
Five Year Review Date: 4/16/2023
Rule 5101:2-18-11 | Administering medication and caring for children with special health needs at an approved child day camp.
 

(A) What are the requirements for administration of prescription medications and non-prescription medications by an approved child day camp?

(1) The approved child day camp shall ensure that prescription medication is stored in the original container with the prescription label that includes the child's full name, a current dispensing date within the previous twelve months, and exact dosage and directions for use.

(2) The approved child day camp shall not administer any medication or topical product for any period of time beyond the date indicated by the physician, physician's assistant, advanced practice nurse certified to prescribe medication, or licensed dentist, on the prescription label, for twelve months from the date on the form, or after the expiration date on the medication, whichever comes first.

(3) The approved day camp shall ensure that non-prescription medications are stored in the original container with a manufacturer's label containing directions based on the age and/or weight of the child.

(4) Nonprescription medication dosages administered shall not exceed prescribed dosages or the manufacturer's recommended dosages.

(5) Prior to administering any non-prescription or prescription medication, the approved child day camp shall have written permission from the parent for each medication to be administered.

(6) The approved child day camp shall document each administration of medication or application of topical product on a form that includes:

(a) The child's name.

(b) The child's date of birth.

(c) The medication name.

(d) The medication dosage.

(e) The date the medication was administered.

(f) The time the medication was administered.

(g) The signature of the person administering the medication.

(7) Non-prescription topical products, including bug sprays, sunscreens, hand sanitizer and lip balm, are exempt from the requirement in paragraphs (A)(3) and (A)(4) of this rule.

(8) School-age children are permitted to carry their own emergency medication as long as written permission from the parent is completed and on file at the approved day camp.

(9) School-age children are permitted to carry and use their own topical products including bug sprays, lip balm and sunscreen.

(B) What are the requirements for storing medication at an approved child day camp?

The approved child day camp shall:

(1) Safely store all medication upon arrival at the approved child day camp. Ensure the medication is in the original container with the child's name affixed.

(2) Keep medication out of reach of children, unless a school-age child is permitted to carry their own emergency medication and written permission from the parent is on file at the approved child day camp.

(3) Refrigerate, in a separate container, medications or products immediately upon arrival at the approved child day camp, if needed.

(4) Ensure that medications are accessible to employees at all times, including on field trips and when children are off-site.

(5) Ensure that medications and products are removed from the approved child day camp when no longer needed or expired.

(C) What are the requirements for immunization records at an approved child day camp?

(1) A child who is not enrolled in a public or nonpublic school is to have a record of immunizations on file within thirty days of the child's first day of attendance.

(2) The immunization record is to contain the following information:

(a) The child's name and birth date.

(b) Each immunization the child has had, specifying the month, day and year for the prevention of the diseases listed on appendix A to this rule.

(3) If a child has not received an immunization(s) to prevent a disease on the appendix of this rule, then one or both of the following is to be on file:

(a) A statement from the physician, as defined in Chapter 4731. of the Revised Code, physician's assistant (PA), advanced practice registered nurse (APRN), or certified nurse practitioner (CNP) that an immunization against the disease is medically contraindicated for the child or is not medically appropriate for the child's age.

(b) A statement from the child's parent that they have declined to have the child immunized against the disease for reasons of conscience, including religious convictions.

(D) What if a child has a special need or health condition?

(1) A written medical care plan shall be used for children with a condition or diagnosis that requires specific care and/or intervention by child day camp staff. The written plan shall include the following:

(a) The symptoms the staff should monitor which may require staff to take action.

(b) Administering procedures which require staff to be trained on those procedures.

(c) Avoiding specific food(s), environmental conditions or activities.

(d) Permission for the child to carry and administer their own emergency medication, if applicable.

(2) The approved child day camp shall:

(a) Ensure the parent completes and signs a written medical care plan for each condition per child.

(b) Review the written medical care plan for completeness and ensure the medical care plan is signed by an administrator or designee.

(c) Implement and follow all requirements of each child's medical care plan.

(d) Ensure the medical care plan is signed by any trained child day camp staff member who is providing care to the child.

(e) Maintain a current medical care plan for any child who requires one, in a location that can be easily and quickly accessed at all times, including on field trips and when the child is off-site.

(3) The written medical care plan shall be on file with the approved child day camp by the first day of attendance or upon confirmation of a health condition.

(4) If the approved child day camp suspects that a child has a health condition, the camp may require a physician's statement within a designated timeframe.

(5) Only staff members trained by the parent or a certified professional shall be permitted to perform medical procedures.

(6) There shall be a trained staff member on-site at all times whenever a child who has a health condition is present.

(E) What information regarding children's medical records can be shared?

Children's medical records shall be kept confidential, but shall be available to the Ohio department of job and family services for the purpose of administering Chapter 5104. of the Revised Code and Chapter 5101:2-18 of the Administrative Code.

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Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 5104.21, 5104.22
Amplifies: 5104.21, 5104.22
Five Year Review Date: 4/16/2023
Prior Effective Dates: 4/16/2018
Rule 5101:2-18-12 | Transportation and field trip safety for an approved child day camp.
 

(A) What shall be available on all trips, including routine walking trips?

The approved child day camp shall:

(1) Have written and signed permission from the parent before transporting or escorting a child away from the primary use spaces of the approved child day camp for field trips and routine trips as detailed in appendix A to this rule. The permission slips shall be kept on file at the approved day camp for one year.

(2) Have the information pursuant to paragraphs (A)(11)(a), (A)(11)(b) and (A)(11)(c) of rule 5101:2-18-05 of the Administrative Code for each child on the trip, except routine walks.

(3) Have the written medical form pursuant to paragraph (C) of rule 5101:2-18-11 of the Administrative Code for any child who has a health condition which could require special procedures or precautions during the course of the trip. The approved child day camp shall also take supplies needed to provide such treatment.

(4) Have a working cellular phone or other means of immediate communication. Cellular phones shall not be used by a driver while the vehicle is in motion.

(5) Ensure that the child day camp staff member responsible for each child on the field trip maintains a written record of which vehicle each child is being transported in and the cellular phone number of the adult in that vehicle who could be contacted in an emergency.

(6) Ensure that a person trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid in accordance with rule 5101:2-18-08 of the Administrative Code shall be present in the vehicle for routine trips and field trips and at the destination on all field trips. More than one person may be used to meet this requirement.

(7) Ensure that if the vehicle used to transport children is manufactured with seat belts, they shall be utilized by all the adults and children in the vehicle, and no more than one person shall be strapped in each seat belt. Children or adults shall not be permitted to stand in a moving vehicle, sit on the floor or ride in a vehicle where all seats are not securely anchored.

(B) What are the ratio and supervision requirements for trips, including routine walking trips?

(1) The staff/child ratio requirements of rule 5101:2-18-09 of the Administrative Code shall be met on field trips and routine trips. Children shall be assigned to specific child day camp staff members for all field trips.

(2) An additional adult shall be present in the vehicle for every ten children, or the driver shall have a means of immediate communication, such as a cellular phone, to summon an additional adult.

(3) The additional adult in the vehicle may be the driver, parent or volunteer.

(4) The staff/child ratio requirements of rule 5101:2-18-09 of the Administrative Code shall be met while children are being transported if public transportation is being utilized.

(5) An adult must be present in the vehicle any time children are in the vehicle. At no time are children to be left unattended.

(6) The vehicle shall be checked at completion of each trip to ensure that no child has been left in the vehicle.

(7) During routine walking trips or walking field trips, an additional adult shall be present for every ten school-age children.

(C) What are the requirements for drivers who are used in the staff/child ratio or are child day camp staff members?

The driver shall:

(1) Be at least eighteen years old.

(2) On routine trips, be an employee or child day camp staff member with the exception of contracted transportation services.

(3) Hold a currently valid driver's license required for the type of vehicle driven in accordance with Ohio law.

(a) A copy of each driver's current driver's license shall be kept on file at the approved child day camp.

(b) The approved child day camp is responsible for assuring that the copy of the driver's license on file is kept current.

(4) Never leave children alone in a vehicle, including leaving children in the vehicle when it is being refueled, except when a trip is of such a length as to require refueling after starting with a full tank.

(5) Be free from the influence of any substance which could impair driving abilities.

(6) Meet the requirements of an employee or child day camp staff member as required in rule 5101:2-18-06 of the Administrative Code.

(7) Adhere to the state of Ohio's child restraint law found in section 4511.81 of the Revised Code when transporting children enrolled in the approved child day camp.

(8) Not allow children under twelve years of age to ride in the front seat of any vehicle.

(9) Be trained utilizing the American camp association (ACA) training for drivers standards and the ACA accident procedures standards if the driver is an employee of the approved child day camp.

(a) A trained driver is not required when public transportation is being utilized, or if the driver is a contracted driver.

(b) Training for transportation shall be completed at least annually for all drivers and shall be documented and kept on file at the approved child day camp in the employee's or the child day camp staff member's file for review by ODJFS.

(10) Contracted drivers are not used in staff/child ratios and are not employees of the child day camp. For these drivers, the administrator shall secure and keep on file at the approved child day camp a JFS 01266 "Contracted Driver Qualifications Statement for Child Care" (rev. 12/2016) that has been completed at least annually by the driver's employer.

(D) What are the vehicle requirements for the approved child day camp?

Any vehicle operated by the child day camp or driven by a child day camp staff member to transport children for routine trips or field trips shall be mechanically safe at all times.

(E) When shall vehicles used for transporting children be inspected?

(1) The approved child day camp shall maintain documentation that staff have performed weekly inspections followed by any necessary repairs or other appropriate actions, for the following items:

(a) A visual inspection of the vehicle's tires for wear and adequate pressure.

(b) A visual inspection for working headlights and taillights, signals, mirrors, wiper blades and dash gauges.

(c) An inspection for properly functioning child and driver restraints.

(d) An inspection for properly functioning doors and windows.

(e) An inspection for, and cleaning of, debris from the vehicle's interior.

(2) The child day camp shall require providers of transportation services to maintain documentation that the transportation services staff have performed the required weekly inspections and necessary repairs or other appropriate actions required by paragraph (E)(1) of this rule.

(F) What are the requirements for the vehicle safety inspection?

(1) The safety inspection shall be performed within the month prior to seasonal use.

(2) The safety inspection shall be performed by an automotive service excellence (ASE) certified mechanic.

(a) A vehicle sticker issued from the Ohio state highway patrol indicating the vehicle has passed a school bus or personal vehicle inspection may be used to meet this requirement.

(b) School buses and multifunction school activity buses which are inspected and licensed by the Ohio state highway patrol are exempt from the seasonal safety check required in this rule.

(3) Verification of the safety check shall be documented on the JFS 01230 "Vehicle Inspection Report for Child Care Centers" (rev. 12/2016). This verification shall include notation and correction of any safety violation and shall be maintained on file at the approved child day camp for review by ODJFS.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 5104.21, 5104.22
Amplifies: 5104.22, 5104.21
Five Year Review Date: 4/16/2023
Rule 5101:2-18-13 | Safe and sanitary equipment and environment in an approved child day camp.
 

(A) What are the safe equipment requirements for an approved child day camp?

(1) Equipment, materials and furniture shall be sturdy, safe and easy to clean and maintain. They shall also be free of sharp points on corners, splinters or protruding nails; loose or rusty parts; paint which contains lead or other poisonous materials; or other hazardous features.

(2) Furniture, equipment and materials which are not usable due to breakage or being a hazard shall be removed immediately and stored away from children until repaired or replaced.

(3) Any children's equipment shall be used in accordance with the manufacturer's guidelines.

(4) If the child day camp offers specialized activities as defined in rule 5101:2-18-01 of the Administrative Code that require safety gear, the safety gear should be appropriately sized and designed specifically for the activity being conducted.

(5) Air conditioners, heat pumps, electric fans and space heaters shall be mounted or placed out of the reach of children or have safeguards which prevent children from being injured.

(B) What are the safe environment requirements for an approved child day camp?

(1) Illegal drugs and substances shall not be on the premises. Alcohol shall be inaccessible to children and shall only be kept in areas not approved or used by children.

(2) Buildings used by children shall maintain an indoor temperature of at least sixty-five degrees Fahrenheit. If a building used by children exceeds eighty-five degrees Fahrenheit, ventilation that produces air movement, or air conditioning, shall be provided.

(3) Children shall be protected from any items and conditions which threaten their health, safety and well being, including but not limited to: electrical cords, extension cords, lead hazards, asbestos, wells, traffic, employee's personal belongings and other environmental hazards and dangerous situations.

(4) Cleaning agents and all other chemical substances shall be stored in a designated area in their original containers and/or clearly labeled. Children may use cleaning supplies with adult supervision.

(5) Specialized activity equipment that is potentially hazardous in nature, such as, but not limited to, bows and arrows, air guns, sharp tools etc, shall be stored in a location that is locked and inaccessible to children when the equipment is not in use.

(6) Children shall not have access to specialized activity areas unless supervised by qualified child day camp staff members.

(7) Safety zones and boundaries shall be required for all specialized activities, as necessary. All persons who may be close to the area for any reason must be aware of and oriented to the safety zones and boundaries. Camps may use posted signs or warnings, physical barriers, or specific scheduling procedures to control access to these areas.

(C) What are the swimming and water safety requirements for an approved child day camp?

(1) All swimming sites shall meet all state and local guidelines for environmental health inspections. Inspection reports for on-site and private pools shall be on file at the approved child day camp.

(2) An approved child day camp shall have one lifeguard present for every thirty-five children when children are involved in a water activity for on-site and private pools over eighteen inches in depth.

(3) Activities in bodies of water eighteen inches or more in depth, including natural bodies of water as defined in rule 5101:2-18-01 of the Administrative Code, shall be supervised by people who are currently certified as lifeguards or water safety instructors by the "American Red Cross" or an equivalent water safety program, as determined by the American camp association (ACA) or the Ohio department of job and family services (ODJFS). If the lifeguard is a child day camp staff member, they shall not be counted as a child day camp staff member in the staff/child ratio.

(4) Child day camp staff members shall be actively supervising children pursuant to rule 5101:2-18-09 of the Administrative Code and shall be able to clearly see all parts of the swimming area.

(5) When children are engaged in water activities, supervision of children shall include a minimum of two child day camp staff members, one of whom is eighteen years of age or older.

(D) What are the requirements for animals owned or utilized for programming by the approved child day camp?

(1) Pets and animals shall be permitted if they present no apparent threat to the safety or health of the children.

(2) All pets and animals that are owned by the approved child day camp, live at any approved child day camp primary use spaces, or are utilized by the approved child day camp for program activities, shall be properly housed, cared for, licensed and innoculated. All local and state ordinances governing the keeping of animals (exotic or domesticated) shall be followed and updated as required. Verification of license and compliance with local and state requirements and innoculations, for each animal requiring such license or innoculations, or regulated by local or state government, shall be on file at the approved child day camp.

(3) Children shall feed or care for animals under the supervision of child day camp staff members.

(4) Children shall not be directly exposed to animal urine or feces inside buildings or in outdoor play areas.

(E) What are the requirements to provide and maintain a clean environment, furniture, materials and equipment in an approved child day camp?

(1) Flush toilets and bathroom sinks, if available, shall be in good working condition. Toilet tissue, liquid soap, running water, individually assigned towels, disposable towels or air dryers shall be provided in all bathrooms. If programming activities take place at a primitive campsite as defined in rule 5101:2-18-01 of the Administrative Code, or if portable bathrooms are used, waterless hand sanitizing products may be provided instead of running water and liquid soap.

(2) Equipment, furnishings and materials shall be kept clean and in good repair.

(3) Accumulated trash and garbage shall be stored away from the outdoor and/or indoor camp activity areas and shall not be accessible to the children.

(4) Buildings and areas used by children shall be cleaned daily and kept in a sanitary condition at all times.

(5) If the water at the child day camp's primary use area(s) is not publicly supplied, the child day camp shall contact the Ohio environmental protection agency (EPA) to determine if it qualifies as a public water system.

(a) If the water supply qualifies as a public water system, the child day camp shall comply with Ohio EPA standards.

(b) If the water supply does not qualify as a public water system, the child day camp shall contact the local health department to have the water tested and follow any additional requirements requested by the health department. A copy of the water test shall be retained at the approved child day camp and be made available upon request.

(c) If child day camp activities take place at a primitive campsite as defined in rule 5101:2-18-01 of the Administrative Code, appropriate water purification methods based on advice from local officials shall be used before water from natural sources may be consumed by children.

(6) On-site sewage disposal systems shall not present a public health hazard.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 5104.21, 5104.22
Amplifies: 5104.21, 5104.22
Five Year Review Date: 4/16/2023