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Brittingham-Midtown Community Center
570 McLawhorne Drive
Newport news, VA 23601
(757) 926-1400

Current Inspector: Shelika M Bowman (757) 755-5389

Inspection Date: Sept. 26, 2019 and Nov. 12, 2019

Complaint Related: No

Areas Reviewed:
22VAC40-185 ADMINISTRATION.
22VAC40-185 STAFFING AND SUPERVISION.
22VAC40-185 PROGRAMS.

Comments:
An unannounced monitoring inspection was initiated on September 26, 2019 and completed on November 12, 2019 in regards to a self reported incident involving supervision. Areas of non-compliance are identified on the Violation Notice. Results of this inspection will be reviewed with the Licensing Administrator.

Please complete the columns for ?description of action to be taken? and ?date to be corrected? for each violation cited on the violation notice, and then return a signed copy to the licensing office within 5 calendar days of receipt. If you have any questions, contact your licensing inspector at (757) 404-5261.

Violations:
Standard #: 22VAC40-185-40-E
Description: Based on documentation and interviews, it was determined the facility did not follow their own policy regarding child supervision.

Evidence: A review of the facility's policy under Staff Expectations and Supervision of Children state "Perform regular head counts & safety checks throughout the program's hours of operation. Count before & after moving a group." and "Never leave a child alone or alone with another adult or counselor." On September 18, 2019 staff did not follow the facility's own policy for supervising children as child #1 was left alone in the restroom when staff #1 returned to the classroom. Child #1 was not supervised by a staff member for approximately 3 - 5 minutes.

Plan of Correction: This violation and the actions of staff #1 are in direct violation of Newport News Parks, Recreation and Tourism Youth Program policies. Our program places a high value on protection of the children in our care. When these allegations came to the attention of our program administration, we immediately reported to VDSS for investigation of the actions of the staff members. All staff will receive disciplinary action. Further procedures were added to our bathroom practices to ensure added safety for all. Staff #1 has resigned effective 11/29/19.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-340-A
Description: Based on documentation and interviews, facility did not ensure the care, protection and guidance of a child in care.

Evidence: On September 18, 2019, staff #1 took 4 children to the community center hall restroom. Staff #1 went into the boy's restroom with 3 of the children as a community member needed to the use that restroom as well. Staff #1 returned to the classroom with 3 children. Staff #2 told staff #1 that he did not have all of his children. Staff #1 disagreed. Staff #3 also stated that a child was missing. Child #1 was then brought to the classroom by a parent. Child #1 was not within actual sight and sound supervision for approximately 3 - 5 minutes. The community center hall restroom is utilized by all patrons of the community center who may use meeting rooms, gymnasium, pool and exercise room. Facility staff were not able to ensure the child's safety during the period when the child was not supervised.

Plan of Correction: Youth Programs will continue to enforce our written policies and hold our staff accountable for following them. Policies will continue to be reviewed with all staff including the implementation of additional bathroom practices. Immediately after reviewing and reporting the incident, new procedures were implemented to ensure proper supervision. Staff members are in the disciplinary process.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-340-F
Description: Based on documentation and interviews, facility did not ensure that children under 10 years of age shall always be within actual sight and sound supervision of staff, except that staff need only be to hear a child who is using the restroom.

Evidence: Interviews with staff and review of facility documentation indicated child #1 (3 years old) was not within actual sight and sound supervision of a staff member on September 18, 2019 for approximately 3 - 5 minutes when the child was discovered by a parent alone in the restroom.

Plan of Correction: Immediately after reviewing the incident, new procedures were implemented to ensure proper supervision. Staff members are in the disciplinary process.

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.

Virginia Quality is a voluntary quality rating and improvement system for early care and education facilities serving children ages birth through pre-K. Eligible child care facilities must be fully licensed, licensed exempt and a VDSS subsidy vendor, or a voluntary registered day home and a VDSS subsidy vendor. Only programs enrolled in Virginia Quality will display a rating. Virginia Quality contact information for your region is available at the following link Regional Contacts.

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