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Minnieland Academy At The Glen
4290 Prince William Parkway
Woodbridge, VA 22192
(703) 680-3600

Current Inspector: Cathy E. Aylor (540) 347-6256

Inspection Date: Aug. 23, 2013 and Sept. 4, 2013

Complaint Related: Yes

Areas Reviewed:
22VAC40-185 ADMINISTRATION.
22VAC40-185 STAFFING AND SUPERVISION.
22VAC40-185 PROGRAMS.
22VAC40-185 SPECIAL CARE PROVISIONS AND EMERGENCIES.

Technical Assistance:
Please submit your plan of correction to Licensing by October 7, 2013.
Consultation provided on behavioral guidance, care and protection.

Comments:
A complaint was received involving the above-listed standards. The complaint was determined to be valid.

Violations:
Standard #: 22VAC40-185-340-A
Complaint related: Yes
Description: Based on interviews with staff and administration it was determined that the center and its staff failed to ensure the care, protection, and guidance of the toddlers's who were subjected to on-going physical, emotional and psychological maltreatment in the classroom for approximately six months. Evidence: Staff witnessed staff A and B for at least six months , often for their own entertainment, punish the toddlers physically and emotionally. The children were clearly in distress in the classroom and although this distress was observed by several staff, no staff took action to bring their observation to the attention of Administration and/or Child Protective Services until August 2013.

Action to be Taken: -Review the job description of a teacher highlighting and emphasizing their responsibility to ensure the children are cared for, protected and guided at all times. The job description will be signed off by the teacher with a manager present. 10/30/13 - Ensure all staff have received the mandated VA Social Services Child Abuse and Neglect on-line training annually. This will give each employee the opportunity to review the policies and procedures of being a mandated reporter. 11/8/13 -Have all staff sign a signature page drafted by our paralegal stating they understand the seriousness of being a mandated reporting and agreeing to report any physical, mental and or emotional abuse towards the children. 10/21/13 - A manager will be required to walk the building once every hour visiting each classroom. This walk through will be documented on a log and initialed by the manager responsible for the walk through. 10-21-13 -In the staff lounge we will create a Child Protective Services information board utilizing the information provided on the VA Department of Social Services website. 10/18/13 Upon the closing of this ongoing complaint all staff witnesses have been terminated and or resigned due to not reporting suspected child abuse and neglect within the parameters of a mandated reporter. 10/7/13

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-400-A
Complaint related: Yes
Description: Based on interviews, it was determined that staff failed to promote the children's physical, emotional, and social well-being when staff encouraged the toddlers to engage in aggressive behaviors. Evidence: One two occasions staff A and B were witnessed failing to intervene , and encouraging the toddlers to engaged in aggressive behavior with each other. 1) In January or February 2013, toddler I and J hit and smacked each other. A staff went to intervene and was told by staff A and B to stop and then proceeded to tell one of the toddlers to go and hit him back because the other toddler took something from you. 2) A few month after the above incident, toddlers K and L were smacking each other and Staff A and B failed to intervene and stated "that's what sisters do."

Action to be Taken: -Review the job description of a teacher highlighting and emphasizing their responsibility to ensure the children are cared for, protected and guided at all times. The job description will be signed off by the teacher with a manager present. 10/30/13 -Retrain all staff at the next staff meeting on redirection to handle behavior problems. Enforce that behavioral guidance shall be constructive in nature; age and stage appropriate, and shall be intended to redirect children to appropriate behavior and resolve conflicts. Have all staff members sign off stating they have been trained appropriately. -Positive guidance -Managing difficult behaviors

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-410-1
Complaint related: Yes
Description: Based on interviews with staff at the center, it was determined that two staff routinely engaged in physical punishing and roughly handling the toddlers from approximately February 2013 to August 2013.
Evidence:
1)Since the Spring 2013, witnesses observing staff A and B pushing the toddlers, stick out their feet and tripping the toddlers, when toddlers were not wearing shoes, staff A would take them behind the diapering area and step on the toddlers toes.
Witnesses reported that Staff A and B would find this humorous and entertaining.
2) Witnesses reported that Staff A and B would get mad at the toddlers ( A, C, D and M) who would get off of their cots during nap time, they would pick these toddlers up and toss them back on their cots, the toddlers would start to cry and Staff A and B would then put blankets over their faces as they wept.
3) On 6/18/13, toddler E was in the classroom under the counter behind a cardboard easel. Staff A told the toddler to get out from behind the easel. When the toddler refused, staff A took the easel and pushed the easel into the toddler repeatedly. The easel hit the toddler on the cheek. Witnesses observed a mark on the toddler's cheek which was present for weeks. Witnesses stated that staff A falsely documented how the toddler sustained the injury .
4) Over the Summer 2013, during outside water play, certain toddler's were known to be scared of water and these children were singled out by Staff A and B. These two staff would pick these toddler's up and dip them into the water table or into the portable pool, the toddlers would scream and cry and were quite afraid; however Staff A and B would continue placing them in water and then laughing when the children would cry.
5) Over the summer, while on the playground staff A and B would routinely turn on the water hose and at full pressure spray the children, often in their faces, staff A and B would dump buckets of water over top of the toddlers, the toddlers would scream, cry and run. On one occasion during the week of 8/16/13, Staff A and B filled up the portable pool with the hose. With the hose on high pressure they proceeded to spray the toddlers. Staff A refused to stop spraying the toddlers after being asked to stop by witnesses. As the toddler's cried ,staff A laughed. Staff A then proceeded to fill the yellow tub full of water and dumped it over toddler A's head, again this resulted in toddler A crying. Staff A then turned the hose on toddler A at full pressure. Toddler A screamed, and ran from the water and fell, hitting her head on the climber on the playground which resulted in a bruise to the back of the toddler's ear.
6) In July 2013 at 9 am during circle time, staff B was witnessed taking a toddler's hair rubber band and placing it around 3 to 4 toddler's arms and pulling and snapping the rubber band, the toddlers screamed in discomfort.

Action to be Taken: *All new employees will be required to have Positive Guidance training within 60 days of employment. Both staff A and B were terminated effective immediately following all staff interviews. 11/8/13 -Review the job description and personnel policy of a teacher highlighting and emphasizing their responsibility to ensure the children are cared for, protected and guided at all times. The job description will be signed off by the teacher with a manager present. 10/30/13- - Teachers are required to notify the Director immediately upon completing the accident or incident report. 10/11/13 - The Directors will be responsible for reviewing and analyzing the accident and incident reports bi-weekly. We will conduct a meeting together to devise a documented plan for the classrooms with excessive accident and incident reports. This plan will include all center managers as well as the classroom teachers. This plan will also include daily health assessment documentation of children. The Director who signs the accident report is required to go physically look at the child?s accident before signing the accident.- At the next staff meeting we will review the proper procedure for filling out incident and accident report in there entirety and have all staff members sign off on a signature page indicating they clearly understand the procedure. 11/8/13 Review the job description of a teacher highlighting and emphasizing their responsibility to ensure the children are cared for, protected and guided at all times. The job description will be signed off by the teacher with a manager present. 10/30/13 - Ensure all staff have received the mandated VA Social Services Child Abuse and Neglect on-line training annually. This will give each employee the opportunity to review the policies and procedures of being a mandated reporter. 11/8/13 -Have all staff sign a signature page drafted by our paralegal stating they understand the seriousness of being a mandated reporting and agreeing to report any physical, mental and or emotional abuse towards the children. 10/21/13

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-410-6
Complaint related: No
Description: Based on interviews it was determined that staff A and B would use verbal remarks which were demeaning to the toddlers. Evidence: Staff A and B were witnessed telling toddler A she was ugly and that her face and lips looked like a rat. Staff A and B would tell toddlers who had soiled their diapers to get away and that they stink.

Action to be Taken: -Review the job description of a teacher highlighting and emphasizing their responsibility to ensure the children are cared for, protected and guided at all times. The job description will be signed off by the teacher with a manager present.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-410-8
Complaint related: Yes
Description: Based on interviews with staff, it was determined that staff fed the toddlers an unpleasant food item and then proceeded to laugh about the children's negative reaction to this item.
Evidence:
In March or April 2013, witnesses observed staff B opened the adjoining door to the older infant room and told the infant room staff that she had just fed several toddlers flaming hot cheetos and to look at the toddlers cheeks as their faces were turning red. Witnesses stated that the children had a "surprised" look on their faces and and their faces were red and looked hot.

Action to be Taken: -In the staff lounge we will create a Child Protective Services information board utilizing the information provided on the VA Department of Social Services website. 10/18/13 - Implement a new policy stating no staff food is permitted into the classrooms at anytime. All current and new staff will sign an acknowledgment of this policy. Failure to abide by this policy can result in immediate dismissal. 11/8/13 -Conduct a hands on training partnering with Child Protective Services to include all employees and managers within a 30 day time frame. 11/8/13 - Ensure all staff have received the mandated VA Social Services Child Abuse and Neglect on-line training annually. This will give each employee the opportunity to review the policies and procedures of being a mandated reporter. 11/8/13 -Have all staff sign a signature page drafted by our paralegal stating they understand the seriousness of being a mandated reporting and agreeing to report any physical, mental and or emotional abuse towards the children. 11/29/13

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-550-M
Complaint related: No
Description: Based on interviews with administration and a review of the injury /accident log it was determined that the center's staff failed to document injuries to two children. Evidence: On 6/13/13, toddler E sustained an injury to her cheek which left a mark that was visible for weeks and there was no documentation showing that this injury was documented. During the week of 8/16/13, toddler A fell and hit a climber on the playground and sustained a bruise at the back of an ear. There was no documentation showing that this injury was documented.

Action to be Taken: - Teachers are required to notify the Director immediately upon completing the accident or incident report. 10/11/13 - The Directors will be responsible for reviewing and analyzing the accident and incident reports bi-weekly. We will conduct a meeting together to devise a documented plan for the classrooms with excessive accident and incident reports. This plan will include all center managers as well as the classroom teachers. This plan will also include daily health assessment documentation of children. The Director who signs the accident report is required to go physically look at the child?s accident before signing the accident. - At the next staff meeting we will review the proper procedure for filling out incident and accident report in there entirety and have all staff members sign off on a signature page indicating they clearly understand the procedure. 11/8/13

Disclaimer:
A compliance history is in no way a rating for a facility.

The online compliance history includes only information after July 1, 2003. In addition, the online compliance history includes information regarding adverse actions that may be the subject of a pending appeal. An adverse action is not final until a provider has exhausted or waived all due process rights. For compliance history prior to July 1, 2003, or information regarding the status of pending adverse actions, please contact the Licensing Inspector listed in the facility's information. The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) is not responsible for any errors in or omissions from the compliance history information.