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La Petite Academy - Dumfries
17040 Jefferson Davis Highway
Dumfries, VA 22026-2112
(703) 221-5678

Current Inspector: Donna Liberman (540) 359-5244

Inspection Date: March 4, 2021 and March 24, 2021

Complaint Related: Yes

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

Technical Assistance:
Provided consultation on Standard 350F:
With a parent's written permission and a written assessment by the program director and program leader, a center may choose to assign a child to a different age group if such age group is more appropriate for the child?s developmental level and the staff-to-children ratio shall be for the established age group. Without this assessment and written permission, the staff-to-children ratio shall default to the lowest age child in the group.

A center may temporarily reassign a child from his regular group and staff members for reasons of administrative necessity but not casually or repeatedly disrupt a child's schedule and attachment to his staff members and group.

Provided consultation on maintaining ratios when staff issues arise.

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

An unannounced complaint inspection was conducted to investigate a complaint received by the department related to the Physical Plant, Staffing and Supervision, and Programs at the center. The inspection was initiated on 3/4/2021 and concluded on 3/24/2021 with an exit interview. The director was contacted by telephone and an interview was conducted and documentation was reviewed. The portion of the complaint regarding Staffing and Supervision was determined to be valid. The portion of the complaint regarding the Physical Plant and Programs was determined to be not valid.

If you have further questions about this inspection please contact Donna Liberman at 540-359-5244 or Donna.Liberman@dss.virginia.gov.

Violations:
Standard #: 22VAC40-185-340-A
Complaint related: Yes
Description: Based on review of documentation and staff interviews, it was determined that the center did not ensure the care, protection, and guidance of children in care. Evidence: The center failed to adhere to the health and safety guidelines established due to the COVID-19 pandemic of maintaining the same groups of children day-to-day and not combining classrooms to help reduce potential exposure to COVID-19. 1) Classrooms were combined in the morning from approximately 7:00 am - 8:30 am, when staff take children to their assigned classrooms, and at the end of the day from approximately 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm; 2) Children were moved back and forth between the classrooms due to staffing issues.

Plan of Correction: Staff stated they have hired additional staff and now have opening/closing staff that open/close individual classrooms.

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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