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La Petite Academy #7134
1025 Plantation Lakes Circle
Chesapeake, VA 23320
(757) 479-4812

Current Inspector: Trisha Brown (757) 404-2601

Inspection Date: Jan. 25, 2019 , Jan. 29, 2019 and Feb. 7, 2019

Complaint Related: Yes

Areas Reviewed:
22VAC40-185 ADMINISTRATION.
22VAC40-185 STAFF QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING.
22VAC40-185 PHYSICAL PLANT.
22VAC40-185 STAFFING AND SUPERVISION.
22VAC40-191 Background Checks (22VAC40-191)

Comments:
A complaint was received on January 24, 2019 an investigation was initiated on the same day regarding two, three year old children leaving the playground through an unlocked fence and entered the parking lot on January 23, 2019. A second complaint regarding the same incident was received on February 1, 2019. During the investigation children and staff records were reviewed. A walking tour of the building outside and inside was conducted, staff and parent interviews were conducted on site and via telephone. The information gathered during the investigation, which concluded on February 7, 2019, supports the allegation and the complaint is determined to be valid. Additionally, violations not reported as a part of the complaint were found during the investigation. All violations appear on the violation notice including: sight and sound supervision, care and protection, ratios and children?s records. Video footage was reviewed on January 29, 2019. Violations were reviewed with the program director and district manager during the exit interview on .

Violations:
Standard #: 22VAC40-185-130-A
Complaint related: No
Description: Based on record review and interview it was determined that the licensee 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 3 does not contain documentation of immunizations. Child 3 has a documented first date of attendance as August 6, 2018. 2 ? Staff 1 confirmed that there is not any documentation of immunizations in the record of child 3

Plan of Correction: The school?s new administrator conducted bi?annual child file checks/updates beginning January 10, 2019. Any family in non-compliance was given 10 days to update their child?s record to prevent suspension of care. Child 3?s parents were notified on 1/21/2019 of the missing paperwork from their child?s record. The record was brought into compliance on 1/29/2019. 2. see number 1 above

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-340-A
Complaint related: Yes
Description: Based on interviews, a tour of the facility inside and outside, the parking lot and adjacent service road, it was determined that the licensee did not ensure that when staff are supervising children, they shall always ensure their care, protection and guidance. Evidence: 1 ? On January 23, 2019, child 1 and child 2 (both three years old) left the center playground, through an unlocked gate and were unattended and unsupervised by center staff for an unknown length of time. 2 ? Staff 2 stated because she was alone on the playground with the group of nine children, when child 1 and 2 ran away from the group, she was unable to immediately go after them. She called the children back but they continued running away from her. 3 - Staff 2 stated that she was unaware that there was a gate at the end of the fence that encloses the playground. However, once she saw one child ?in the street? she knew the children had left the fenced area. 4 ? Parent 1 reports that on January 23, 2019 as he was driving his truck into the center parking lot from the service road he saw a child out of the corner of his eye and had to stop the vehicle short to avoid hitting the child. As he exited his vehicle he noted a second child on the sidewalk. He yelled at the children and they ran back through the gate onto the playground where he saw a staff member.

Plan of Correction: On January 23, 2019 while returning from the playground to the building, child 1 and child 2 ran away from staff 2 and were out of her sight from 4:15.33 seconds until 4:16.35 seconds. The gate to the playground was unlocked per our current fire requirements for our building. Per technical assistance from our licensing inspector we will pursue the possibility of a modified building structure permit which may allow for the playground gates to be locked. Both children were placed on behavior intervention plans to ensure understanding of their role in staying safe. See number 1 above See number 1 above. Children entered directly into our parking lot and were returned from the parking lot directly onto the playground and the care of staff 2. See number 1 and number 3 above

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-340-F
Complaint related: Yes
Description: Based on observation, interviews and documentation, it was determined that the licensee did not ensure that children under 10 years of age always shall be within actual sight and sound supervision of staff. Evidence: 1 ? Upon interview staff 2 stated while she was chasing after child 1 and child 2 ?there were times when I could not see either child and times when I could see only one of the two children.? 2 ? Additionally, video footage viewed on January 29, 2019, shows a period of approximately six seconds when staff 2 was completely behind a door leading from the playground to the school age room. At that time child 1 and child 2 were not visible to staff 2.

Plan of Correction: On January 23, 2019 while returning from the playground to the building, child 1 and child 2 ran away from staff 2 and were out of her sight from 4:15.33 seconds until 4:16.35 seconds. The gate to the playground was unlocked per our current fire requirements for our building. Per technical assistance from our licensing inspector we will pursue the possibility of a modified building structure permit which may allow for the playground gates to be locked. Both children were placed on behavior intervention plans to ensure understanding of their role in staying safe. On returning child 1 and child 2 to the building, staff 2 opened the door and there is a period of 6 seconds where she is not visible to the playground camera.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-350-C
Complaint related: No
Description: Based on interview and review of documentation it was determined that the center failed to ensure when children are regularly in ongoing mixed age groups, the staff-to-children ratio applicable to the youngest child in the group shall apply to the entire group. Evidence: 1- On January 23, 2019, at approximately 4:30pm the total number of children present in the school age classroom was 14 with one staff member. The children present ranged in age from three to eight years old. The number and ages of children present in this room required an additional staff in order to meet the ratio of 1:10 for three year olds. ? Staff 2 stated that she placed seven children ages three and four years old in the school age classroom at approximately 4:30pm on January 23, 2019. Staff 2 stated she was unaware of the total number of children present in the classroom when she left the room. However, she was aware that there was one staff member present in classroom. ? Staff 3 stated that staff 2 had placed seven students in her care because staff 2 had to go after two children that had left the playground. Staff 3 further stated that at the time the seven children were placed in her care she already had seven children in her care in the school age room.

Plan of Correction: Staff 2 returned 7 of her 9 children to the building. Due to the exigent circumstance of child 1 and child 2?s unplanned departure from her group she was not able to enter the classroom with the children which did leave that group out of ratio for a period of one minute and 22 seconds.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-350-E-1
Complaint related: No
Description: Based on interview and documentation review the center failed to maintain required ratios of one staff member to every four children for children birth through the age of 16 months. Evidence: 1 - On February 6, 2019 the face-to name sheet documents eight infants in care with one staff from 7:10am through 8:44am. - During interview the staff left alone to care for children in the infant room stated that she was alone for "about ten minutes. The assistant program director also stated that on February 6, 2019 the infant room was out of ratio for approximately ten minutes. The number and ages of children present in the infant care room required an additional staff in order to meet the ratio of 1:4 for children birth to 16 months old.

Plan of Correction: On 2/15/19 all staff were retrained on the importance of maintaining staff to child ratios at all times and in notifying management immediately if they believe they will shortly go out of ratio. Additionally all staff were retrained on the proper use and importance of the face to name document. On January 30, 2019 and February 7, 2019 school management was retrained on their responsibility to maintain to staff to child ratios at all times and on the correct use and monitoring or face to names, designated to ensure staff/child ratio is always in compliance with state standards.

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