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To align with University directives and help prevent the spread of COVID-19, all in person activities, events and programs involving children should be conducted virtually and in alternative formats until further notice. These changes will remain in effect until otherwise directed by University of Michigan leadership and public health officials. Please check here periodically for resources and updates to support virtual experiences that align with the Children on Campus policy.

Administrative Requirements

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Program Development: Supervision

  • All programs must establish a plan for adequate supervision
  • The plan must:
    • Identify the person having responsibility over all authorized adults serving in the program
    • Meet staffing requirements and ratios
    • Specify curfews, visitor rules, and acceptable free-time activities
  • Adults providing supervision or care to children must be at least 19 years of age;
    at least one adult must be 21 years of age or older
  • Children may not be unattended or in the care of a person who is not a program-authorized adult

  • “Line-of-sight” supervision is expected
    • At least one authorized adult should be able to see all children under his/her supervision at all times
    • Line-of -sight supervision can be modified for children at least 16 years of age
      • Requires regular check-ins, curfews and clearly defined allowable locations and activities
  • Adults providing supervision or care to children must be at least 19 years of age;
    at least one adult must be 21 years of age or older
  • Children may not be unattended or in the care of a person who is not a program-authorized adult
  • Avoid being alone with a child without a third person present (including electronic communication)
  • If program needs require privacy, find space in an area where you can be seen by others

Minimum Supervision

Age Range Number of Adults Number of Children
Infant-2 years 1 6
2 years-5 years 1 8
5 years-9 years 1 10
10 years-13 years 1 12
14 years+ 1 20
  • Required supervision ratios may be waived or modified by the Risk Management Services
  • Higher or lower supervision ratios may be advisable depending on:
    • The age of the children
    • The nature of the activities
    • The location of the activities
    • Other special needs or circumstances

Overnight Supervision

Lower ratios for overnight supervision may be approved by Risk Management Services if:

  • Children will be in U-M facilities
  • Children are at least 12 years of age
  • At least one adult is able to remain in the vicinity and maintain line-of-sight vision of children’s rooms
  • There is a sufficient number of adults to respond to an emergency
  • Additional adults are on call