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Discovery Place Altavista
1000 Franklin Avenue
Altavista, VA 24517
(434) 369-9622

Current Inspector: Kelly Campbell (540) 309-2494

Inspection Date: Jan. 28, 2020 and Jan. 29, 2020

Complaint Related: No

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

Comments:
An unannounced monitoring inspection was conducted on 1/28/2020 in response to a self-reported incident of forbidden action that occurred on 1/23/2020 Interviews were conducted in conjunction with local agencies. Staff interviews were conducted relating to the incident. Based on the information gathered, the allegation is found to be valid and a violation was cited related to the incident.

Violations:
Standard #: 22VAC40-185-410-1
Description: Based on interviews with staff, the center failed to ensure that physical punishment, striking a child, roughly handling or shaking a child was not used as a form of punishment.

Evidence:
1. Child # 1 was consecutively smacked on the left cheek approximately 2 to 3 times by staff # 1. Verified through interviews with staff # 2 and 3 that staff # 1 was feeding child # 1 (13 months old) lunch on 1/23/2020. Staff # 1 was using her fingers to feed the child. The child bit her on the finger. Staff # 1 showed staff # 2 her finger and then proceeded to smack child # 1 on the left cheek. Child # 1's left cheek was visible red. Staff # 2 stated to staff # 1 that the child's face was red. Staff # 1 stated ?that I did not smack him that hard". Staff # 1 struck child # 1 as a form of punishment which is considered a forbidden action.

Plan of Correction: The administration terminated the staff person immediately. Administration has retrained all current staff on forbidden actions and acceptable discipline techniques. All staff is reminded if they need a break from the children to just ask. The administration has ordered camera to be installed into the classrooms as soon as they arrive.

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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