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AlphaBEST @ Simonsdale Elementary
4841 Clifford Street
Portsmouth, VA 23701
(757) 807-0869

Current Inspector: Christopher Robinson (757) 404-2322

Inspection Date: Dec. 7, 2021 and Dec. 14, 2021

Complaint Related: No

Areas Reviewed:
8VAC20-780 ADMINISTRATION.
8VAC20-780 STAFF QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING.
8VAC20-780 Physical plant.
8VAC20-780 STAFFING AND SUPERVISION.
8VAC20-780 PROGRAMS.
8VAC20-780 Special care provisions and emergencies.
8VAC20-780 SPECIAL SERVICES.
22VAC40-191 Background Checks (22VAC40-191)
22.1 Early Childhood Care and Education
63.2(17) License & Registration Procedures
63.2 Facilities & Programs.

Comments:
This inspection was conducted by licensing staff using an alternate remote protocol, including telephone contacts, documents review, interviews and a virtual tour of the program A monitoring inspection was initiated on 12/7/21 and concluded on 12/14/21. The provider was contacted by telephone to initiate the inspection. There were 20 children present and 3 staff present. The inspector emailed the director/provider a list of items required to complete the inspection. The Inspector reviewed 3 children?s records and 3 staff records, along with any requested program records submitted by the facility to determine if required documentation was complete. Information gathered during the inspection determined non-compliance(s) with applicable standards or law and violations were documented on the violation notice issued to the program.

Violations:
Standard #: 22.1-289.035-B-2
Description: Based on a review of 3 staff records, it was determined that the provider did not ensure that an employee is allowed to begin employment without a completed national criminal history record check (finger printing).

Evidence:
1. The record for staff #3 working during the inspection, did not contain documentation of a completed national criminal history record check (finger printing).
2. The Site Director reviewed the record for the staff #3, and confirmed that all of the results of the finger print background check (finger printing) were not available for viewing during the inspection.

Plan of Correction: The provider responded: Staff #3 has previously completed the request for the national criminal record check (fingerprint), but we were unable to find during the inspection. If the results can't be located staff #3 will complete a new national criminal record check (fingerprint) and when the results are received they will be forwarded to the Licensing Inspector. Going forward all new staff will not begin employment until the results of a criminal record check has been received.

Standard #: 8VAC20-770-60-B
Description: Based on a review of three staff records, it was determined that the facility did not ensure that the facility did not ensure that an employee must not be employed until a sworn statement or affirmation has been completed.

Evidence:
1. The record for staff #3 (date of hire 7/30/19) did not contain a sworn statement or affirmation.
2. The Site Director reviewed the record for staff #3 and confirmed there was no sworn statement or affirmation available for viewing during the inspection.

Plan of Correction: The facility responded: Staff #3 has previously completed the sworn statement or affirmation, but we were unable to locate it for viewing during the inspection. If it can't be located staff #3 will complete a new sworn statement or affirmation. All new staff will complete a sworn statement or affirmation prior to beginning employment.

Standard #: 8VAC20-780-160-A-1
Description: Based on a review of 3 staff records, it was determined that the facility did not ensure that all staff provide documentation of a negative TB screening at the time of employment and prior to coming into contact with children.

Evidence:
1. The record for staff #2 (date of hire 9/17/21) did not contain documentation of a negative TB screening.
2. The record for staff #3 (date of hire 7/30/19) did not contain documentation of a negative TB screening.
3. The Site Director confirmed that staff #2 and staff #3 did not have a negative TB screening available for viewing during the inspection.

Plan of Correction: The facility responded: Staff #2 and staff #3 will be sent to complete a TB screening. All new staff will complete a TB screening prior to employment.

Standard #: 8VAC20-780-70
Description: Based on a review of three staff records and interviews, it was determined that the facility did not ensure that a staff record is kept for each person with all of the required information.

Evidence:
1. The record for staff #2 did not include documentation of orientation training.
2. The Site Director confirmed that there was no for staff #2 available for viewing during the inspection.

Plan of Correction: The facility responded: We will ensure that documentation of orientation training. of orientation training is placed int he record for staff #2

Standard #: 8VAC20-780-530-A-1
Description: Based on a review of three staff records and interviews, it was determined that the licensee did not ensure that there shall be at least one staff member trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) as appropriate to the age of the children in care who is on the premises during the center's hours of operation and also one person on field trips and wherever children are in care.

Evidence:
1. Staff #1, staff #2 and staff #3 were working at the facility during the inspection.
2. The records for staff #1, staff #2 and staff #3 did not contain a current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
3. The Site Director confirmed that no staff working during the inspection had a current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Plan of Correction: The facility responded: All staff will complete cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training. We will ensure all staff are certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) within 90 days of employment.
We will ensure that there is always a staff certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in each grouping of children.

Standard #: 8VAC20-780-530-A-2
Description: Based on a review of three staff records and interviews, it was determined that the licensee did not ensure that there shall be at least one staff member trained in first aid as appropriate to the age of the children in care who is on the premises during the center's hours of operation and also one person on field trips and wherever children are in care.

Evidence:
1. Staff #1, staff #2 and staff #3 were working at the facility during the inspection.
2. The records for staff #1, staff #2 and staff #3 did not contain a current certification in First Aid.
3. The Site Director confirmed that no staff working during the inspection had a current certification in First Aid.

Plan of Correction: The facility responded: All staff will complete First Aid training. We will ensure all staff are certified in First Aid within 90 days of employment. We will ensure that there is always a staff certified in First Aid in each grouping of children.

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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