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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: Jan. 31, 2022 and Feb. 9, 2022

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.
8VAC20-820 THE LICENSE.
8VAC20-820 THE LICENSING PROCESS.
8VAC20-770 Background Checks (22VAC40-191)
22.1 Early Childhood Care and Education

Comments:
This inspection was conducted by licensing staff using an alternate remote protocol, including telephone contacts, documents review, interviews and a in-person tour of the program A renewal inspection was initiated on 1/31/22 and concluded on 2/9/22. The provider was contacted by telephone to initiate the inspection. There were 23 children present and 2 staff. The inspector emailed the director/provider a list of items required to complete the inspection. The Inspector reviewed 4 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. Staff #2 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 facility responded: Follow up with AlphaBEST Corporate to determine if checks were received as well as to review my files for receipt of background checks.

Standard #: 22.1-289.035-B-4
Description: Based on a review of 3 staff records, it was determined that the facility did not ensure that they obtain a copy of the results of a sex offender registry check, and a search of the child abuse and neglect registry or equivalent registry from any state in which the individual has resided in the preceding five years.

Evidence:
1. The record for staff #2 (date of hire 8/25/21) did not contain documentation of a completed search of the central registry finding and sex offender registry check from Georgia. The sworn statement indicated staff #2 had previously lived in Georgia within the last 5 years.
2. Staff #2 reviewed her record, and confirmed that the search of the central registry finding and sex offender registry check from Georgia has not been received.

Plan of Correction: The facility responded: Follow up with AlphaBEST Corporate to determine if checks were received as well as to review my files for receipt of background checks.

Standard #: 8VAC20-780-530-C
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 two staff members trained in first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and rescue breathing 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 #2 and staff #3 were working at the facility during the inspection.
2. The records for staff #2 and staff #3 did not contain a current certification in CPR and First Aid.
3. Staff #2 confirmed that no staff working during the inspection had a current certification in CPR and First Aid.

Plan of Correction: The facility responded: The First Aid/CPR course will be completed on 2/18/2022 for staff members. There is a staff member who has First Aid training and a certificate is located in their file.

Standard #: 8VAC20-780-550-A
Description: Based on observation and interviews, it was determined that the facility did not ensure that the center shall have a written emergency preparedness plan that addresses staff responsibility and facility readiness with respect to emergency evacuation and relocation, shelter-in-place, and lockdown.

Evidence:
1. The Licensing Inspector was not able to view the facility's emergency preparedness plan during the inspection.
2. Staff #2 confirmed that the facility's emergency preparedness plan was not available for viewing during the inspection.

Plan of Correction: The facility responded: Emergency Preparedness Plan to be generated and delivered to site as requested.

Standard #: 8VAC20-820-120-E-2
Description: Based on observation and interview, it was determined that the facility did not ensure that the findings of the most recent inspection of the facility were posted on the premises.

Evidence:
1. The results from the most recent inspection (12/14/21) was not posted anywhere in the facility.
2. When asked if the results from the most recent inspection were posted, staff #2 confirmed that the results were not posted.

Plan of Correction: The facility responded: Inspections for the site are posted on the parent board and are current and up to date.

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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