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Countryside Children's Academy
20890 Pidgeon Hill Drive
Sterling, VA 20165
(703) 450-8687

Current Inspector: Whitney McGrath (571) 835-4717

Inspection Date: Jan. 29, 2018

Complaint Related: No

Areas Reviewed:

Technical Assistance:
Discussed adjustments that could be made during future class field trips to ensure sight and sound supervision at all times. Discussed changes made to field trip permission forms that asks parents/guardians to outline behavioral concerns that could impact the field trip.

On 11/1/2017 an incident regarding supervision was self-reported. An unannounced focused investigation was conducted on 11/29/2017 (1:45-3:30pm) and 12/7/2017 (10:00-11:15am). Based on the preponderance of evidence gathered, violations were cited. The findings from today's visit can be found on the Violation Notice. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-340-A
Description: Based on interviews, staff did not ensure the care, protection and guidance for one child. Evidence: On 10/31/2017 a class of 14 four-year old children went on a field trip to a local senior citizen center with three staff and two parent volunteers. The group arrived at the senior center at approximately 10:00am, the center bus parked in front of the senior center, the children unloaded from the bus and Staff #3 walked through the bus to ensure that all children had exited. The children were counted as they entered the building, estimated by staff to be at approximately 10:05-10:10am, and all 14 children were accounted for. Upon arrival, the group was escorted to a conference room where the children sang songs to the elderly. At the conclusion of the performance at approximately 10:25am, the staff conducted their second head count and only 13 children were present. Staff #3 ran out to the bus to find the missing child sitting alone in one of the seats. Staff #1, Staff #2 and Staff #3 estimated that the child had been unsupervised for approximately 10-15 minutes.

Plan of Correction: 1. Increase the number of staff and chaperones per field trip; the staff and child ratio is 1:3 or 4 for every field trip instead of classroom ratio. 2. Revised the center field trip consent form that can collect more information of individual child (i.g. trauma, phobia, fear, etc.) 3. Increase the number of counting during field trips. 4 - Adopted a new form, Face-to-Name transition form that requires our staff to indicate every transition from one location/spot to another location/spot both at the center and outside of center. 5. Trained staff and teachers to provide stronger supervision. 6. Provide frequent reminders to staff and teachers of safe supervision at monthly meetings. Please see the intensive correction plan to get more information.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-340-F
Description: Based on interviews, a child under the age of 10 years was not always within sight and sound supervision of staff. Evidence: Interviews with Staff #1, Staff #2 and Staff #3 confirmed that while on a field trip, a child left the building of the field trip unsupervised. The child was found on the center?s bus alone approximately 10-15 minutes after the head count conducted of the children as they entered the building.

Plan of Correction: 1. Replaced some of field trips to in-house activities. 2. Trained staff and teachers to provide stronger supervision. 3. Will provide frequent reminders to staff and teachers of safe supervision at monthly meetings. 4. Not only increased the number of staff for field trips, but also either manager or director will attend field trips to ensure safe supervision and react fast for any emergencies. 5. Will place one of staff or manager or director to stay at the entrance of field trip locations to ensure 100% supervision during field trip.


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