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Monticello Area Community Action Agency - Louisa Head Start
2035 South Spotwood Trail
Louisa, VA 23093
(540) 894-4373 (5156)

Current Inspector: Chrystal King (804) 297-4469

Inspection Date:

Complaint Related: No

Violations:
Standard #: 22VAC40-185-340-A
Description: Based on interviews and documentation, the administration failed to provide intervention or services to a child with aggressive behavioral issues which resulted in inadequate care and protection for all children in care. Evidence: 1. Per 12 different written communications between staff 1 and administration between the time frame of 10/20/14-5/1/15, child 1 displayed aggressive behavior such as hitting, kicking, spitting, throwing objects, pushing, running out of the classroom, and upending furniture. This behavior was directed towards staff and other children in the classroom. Per documentation and statements made by staff 1 and 2, as a way of dealing with the behavior, the child was sent home and put into a safety hold on a regular basis. Staff 1 stated not all incidents of aggressive behavior, being sent home, or the use of a safety hold were documented. 2. Per interview with the two teachers in this classroom, on five separate occasions child 1 ran out of the room. One time was on May 1st. Child 1 ran out of the classroom and out of the building before staff 2 could catch him. On another occasion, May 4th, child 1 ran out of the classroom to the front doors of the school before staff 1 caught up to him. On May 5th the parent of child 1 was advised if she could not have someone come to school and stay all day with the child he could not return. 3. Per staff 1 and 2 the child's behavior resulted in children being injured on several occasions. For example on several occasions child 1 threw books at children, he punched other children, and scared other children by these actions and by flipping over furniture. Per documentation by staff 1: On 2/2/15 child 1 was "...throwing chairs at other children..." On 3/19/15 he "...spit on a student." On 3/30/15 he "...deliberately threw Lego blocks at another student which hit the other student on the forehead and left a red mark. This was after pushing this same student on the playground...." 4. Per documentation from the administrator, staff were trained in behavioral management before school started. The teachers, family advocate, and administrator met with the parent on several occasions to discuss child 1's behavioral issues. The parent was asked on several occasion to seek outside support and evaluation for child 1 however, she refused. A behavioral chart was put together to encourage good behavior. At one time child 1 was allowed to bring a comforting object from home to help with behavior. The parent was told if the behavior becomes too much the child would have to be sent home on those days and sometimes the staff would have to hold the child to calm him down. No documentation was found of any other formal evaluation, intervention, or services for the child by MACAA. Per MACAA policy "Determining appropriate intervention for this child requires formal evaluation of his or her needs,".

Plan of Correction: See intensive plan of correction.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-350-A
Description: Based on interviews, the administration failed to provide the classroom with adequate staff to meet ratio requirements of one staff member to 10 children. Evidence: 1. Per interview with staff 1: Seventeen children are enrolled with two teachers. The youngest child in the class is age 3. One child in care (child 1) has displayed such extreme behavior on at least three occasions one out of the two teachers had to remove the other children from the classroom so the remaining teacher could calm the child down and to keep the other children safe. This often happened before lunch forcing the teacher with the rest of the class to take them to lunch by herself. On at least one occasion staff 2 took the children outside and read them a book before then taking them to lunch by herself when child 1 started throwing books at the children in the classroom when he did not want to stop playing and would not calm down. Per staff 1 the administration was advised the teachers were having to separate the class forcing them out of ratio some of the times. 2. Per interview with staff 2: On two separate occasions staff 2 was forced to take the children out of the classroom on her own when child 1 was out of control and hurting other children. Staff 2 stated she took children outside and to lunch by herself. Staff 2 was unsure if the administration was aware they were forced to be out of ratio on other occasions due to child 1's behavior. Staff 1 communicated with administration. However, the administration was aware of the extreme behavioral issues with child 1.

Plan of Correction: See intensive plan of correction.

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.

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