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Montessori Preparatory School
4811 High St.
Portsmouth, VA 23703
(757) 484-7229

Current Inspector: Trisha Brown (757) 404-2601

Inspection Date: May 14, 2019

Complaint Related: No

Areas Reviewed:
22VAC40-191 Background Checks (22VAC40-191)
63.2 Child Abuse & Neglect
63.2(17) License & Registration Procedures
63.2 Facilities & Programs.

Technical Assistance:
Inspector spoke with Director about 22VAC40-185-400 during this inspection.

An unannounced monitoring visit and facility tour was conducted from 10:30am-11:45am. At the time of inspectors' arrival there were 13 children in care with 2 staff members and 1 administrator. Children were observed participating in end of the year program practice, Montessori lessons, transitioning between activities and toileting. A sample of 5 children's records and 4 staff records were reviewed. The areas of noncompliance are detailed on the violation notice and were discussed with the Director during the exit meeting at the conclusion of this inspection.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-60-A
Description: Based on record review it was determined the center did not ensure that each child's record contained all of the required components. Evidence: 1. The record for child #3 did not contain the first date of attendance. 2. The record for child #4 did not contain the complete address of the two required emergency contacts.

Plan of Correction: The director provided the missing information for the records.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-270-A
Description: Based on observation it was determined the center did not ensure that all areas and equipment of the center, inside and outside, were maintained in a clean, safe and operable condition. Evidence: 1. The door to the kitchen was unlocked and therefore making the gas range, plastic garbage bags, and kitchen utensils accessible to the children in care. 2. There was water on the floor of the classroom from the children using Montessori materials inappropriately.

Plan of Correction: Spoke to teachers about securing lock on the kitchen door each time they go into kitchen. We have the heavy steel table blocking the gas range always. Teachers must be aware of any misuse of materials and stop inappropriate behavior and following up on any spilled liquids immediately.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-340-F
Description: Based on observation it was determined that the center did not ensure that all children under 10 years of age were always within actual sight and sound supervision of staff, except that staff need only be able to hear a child who is using the restroom. Evidence: 1. This inspector observed 4 children leaving the day care room and going into the hallway where they could not be seen and then entering through the door on the other end of the room. 2. This inspector also observed 1 child leaving the room and going to the restroom without staff being close enough to hear the child. 3. The children noted above were all under the age of 10 years old. 4. The staff did not notice these children leaving the room.

Plan of Correction: Director had individual meeting with each staff member to correct this. Teachers advised of their responsibility to make sure all students are within sight at all times. Teachers must stand at hall door when a child is in the bathroom. Door to hall will remain closed at all times.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-510-N
Description: Based on medication review it was determined the center did not ensure that medications that are not picked up by the parent within 14 days of the medication authorization expiring are disposed of by the center. Evidence: The medication authorization for child #6's medication expired 8/31/18 and the medication was still on site.

Plan of Correction: Authorization form given to parent 5/14/19. Returned form on 5/15/19.


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