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Blue Ridge Montessori, Inc.
1071 Woodberry Square Place
Lynchburg, VA 24502
(434) 525-0061

Current Inspector: Kelly Campbell (540) 309-2494

Inspection Date: Dec. 4, 2020

Complaint Related: No

Areas Reviewed:
22VAC40-185 ADMINISTRATION.
22VAC40-185 STAFF QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING.
22VAC40-185 PROGRAMS.

Comments:
This inspection was conducted by the licensing staff using an alternate remote protocol, necessary due to a state of emergency health pandemic declared by the Governor of Virginia.

An announced monitoring inspection was conducted on 12/04/2020 in response to a self-reported incident on 11/20/2020. The incident involved forbidden actions toward a child from a staff person. Staff interviews were conducted, video recordings were observed, and the staff employment file was reviewed. Information gathered during the investigation determined non-compliance(s) with applicable standards or law and violations were documented on the violation notice issued to the facility on 12/14/2020.

Violations:
Standard #: 22VAC40-185-410-1
Description: Based on review of video footage and interviews, the center failed to ensure physical punishment, roughly handling or shaking a child, and/or forcing a child to assume an uncomfortable position were actions not taken as forbidden by the Standards.

Evidence:

1. Video footage of incidents occurring on November 20, 2020 were reviewed by the Inspector. The video showed activities of children and staff in the preschool room during the afternoon of November 20, 2020, between 10:30 AM and 2:00 PM. In the video footage, Staff #4 was observed grabbing a four-year-old child by the arm and roughly placing the child in a sitting position. 2. During the same day, Staff #4 picked up the same child by his/her left arm for approximately a second and then the staff person used their other hand to support the child's right shoulder. Staff #4 then walked with the child to another area of the classroom to sit down with the child in the staff person's lap. After sitting down with the child, Staff #4 covered the mouth of the child for approximately two to three seconds. 3. Staff #1, #2, and #3 verified that Staff #4 did use forbidden actions as a means to punish a child. 4. Interview with Staff #1, revealed that Staff #4 was terminated for forbidden actions occurring on November 20, 2020.

Plan of Correction: Not available online. Contact Inspector for more information.

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. To find programs participating in Virginia Quality, click here.

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