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Standards for Licensed Child Day Centers [22 VAC 40 ‑ 185]
Action Amend Standards for Licensed Child Day Centers to Address Federal Health and Safety Requirements
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Comment Period Ends 5/12/2021
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5/11/21  2:46 pm
Commenter: Kimberly P Nolte

Staff to Children Ratio

Table 1

Maximum group size.

I understand the point of this is to prevent schools from loading up large classrooms with too many students. However, it does not take into consideration playgrounds and assemblies.

Playgrounds are usually large and designed to accommodate more than one classroom at a time. By allowing only 1 class at a time it becomes impossible to provide appropriate playground time to all the students.  By staying in compliance with this regulation we become non-compliant for outdoor playground time. 

Assemblies and Programs: There are times during the year that require larger groups of children to be brought together in an auditorium or other large venue. Some of these include in-house field trips and presentations, holiday programs, and graduations to name a few. The Maximum Group Size Requirements sound wonderful until one realizes that it puts all these programs that make a school awesome into violation.

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