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Christopher Academy
3300 Cedar Lane
Portsmouth, VA 23703
(757) 484-6776

Current Inspector: Heather Harrell (757) 334-4329

Inspection Date: Oct. 3, 2018

Complaint Related: No

Areas Reviewed:
22VAC40-191 Background Checks (22VAC40-191)

An unannounced monitoring inspection was conducted on 10/3/18 from 11:05am until 2:00pm. At the time of the tour, there were 43 children in care with 6 staff present. A sample of 5 children's records and 5 staff records were reviewed. Children were observed participating in morning activities, playing outside on the playground, eating lunch and transitioning to nap time. Hand washing and toileting procedures were also observed. Medication, first aid and emergency supplies, documentation of emergency practice drills, children's injury reports, the emergency preparedness plan and center postings were reviewed. Violations in the areas of administration and physical plant are identified on the violation notice and was discussed with administrative staff during the exit interview.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-130-A
Description: Based on record review and interview, the center did not obtain documentation that each child has received the immunizations required by the State Board of Health before the child can attend the center. Evidence: 1. The record for child 2 does not contain documentation of immunizations. Child 2 has an enrollment date of 9/4/18. 2. Administrative staff confirmed that documentation of immunizations were not obtained for child 2 by the child's first day of enrollment.

Plan of Correction: Documentation of immunizations for child 2 were obtained from the parent during the inspection.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-60-A
Description: Based on record review and interview, the center did not ensure that all children's records contain all the required information. Evidence: 1. The record for child 1 does not contain the addresses of the two designated people to call in an emergency if a parent cannot be reached. 2. Administrative staff confirmed that the record for child 1 was missing addresses for the two emergency contacts.

Plan of Correction: Addresses for the emergency contacts for child 1 will be requested from the parents today.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-70-A
Description: Based on record review and interview, the center did not ensure that staff records contain all the required information. Evidence: 1. The record for staff 1 does not contain written information to demonstrate that the individual possesses the education required by the job position. 2. Administrative staff confirmed the record for staff 1 does not contain proof of education required by the job description.

Plan of Correction: Administrative staff will request a copy of staff 1's college transcripts, which will be placed in staff 1's record.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-280-B
Description: Based on observation, the center did not ensure that hazardous substances shall be kept in a locked place using a safe locking method that prevents access by children. Evidence: In the pre-kindergarten 3 classroom, there were four cans of Krylon paint varnish, one can of Modge Podge acrylic sealer, one can of spray starch and one spray bottle of isopropyl alcohol in an unlocked cabinet above the counter. All of the containers were labeled "keep out of reach of children", "danger", and "extremely flammable."

Plan of Correction: The bottles were removed from the cabinet and placed in a locked closet during the inspection. Going forward, administration will include additional training on hazardous substances to teaching staff.


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