COVID-19 forces Holcomb to increase child-care options via executive order

Indiana News

INDIANAPOLIS (WTWO/WAWV) — Governor Eric J. Holcomb has arranged to increase childcare options for families seeking support during virtual school days necessitated by COVID-19.

Though schools were advised they could reopen on July 1, many school corporations have opted or been ordered to provide remote or e-learning rather than in-person instruction, leaving working parents in the lurch if their children remain at home.

Indiana’s Emergency Management and Disaster Law allows Holcomb to suspend regulatory statutes for businesses, and so today he signed Executive Order 20-40, which allows school corporations to contract with organizations, such as the Boys and Girls Club or YMCA, to operate school-age childcare programs in locations in addition to public school buildings to help families who need care while their students engage in e-learning.

Additionally, the order increases the number from six to 10 of school-aged children allowed to gather in one location on school days for e-learning without requiring the childcare setting to be licensed.

“A child care setting operating under these circumstances will be exempt from the definition of a child care home subject to licensure,” Holcomb’s executive order reads.

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