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AlphaBest @ Florence Bowser Elementary
4540 Nansemond Parkway
Suffolk, VA 23435
(757) 636-5396

Current Inspector: Melinda Popkin (757) 802-5281

Inspection Date: March 17, 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.
8VAC20-820 HEARINGS PROCEDURES.
8VAC20-770 Background Checks (8VAC20-770)
20 Access to minor?s records
22.1 Early Childhood Care and Education
32.1 Report by person other than physician
63.2 Child Abuse & Neglect

Technical Assistance:
Today we discussed "hire dates" (employment) versus the date a staff begins working (assuming job responsibilities) and how they relate to timing requirements for Background checks and orientation training. In order for the department to ascertain whether certain requirements are met with regard to timing, these dates will need to be documented specifically in staff records if they differ.

Staff should not be "hired" (employed) until the results of the federal Criminal Record Check is received back.

Program specific orientation training must be completed prior to the new staff working alone with children and no later than 7 days after they assume job responsibilities.

Comments:
This inspection was conducted by licensing staff using an alternate remote protocol, including telephone contacts, documents review, interview and a virtual tour of the program.

A monitoring inspection was initiated and concluded on 3/17/2022. The area manager was contacted by telephone and a virtual inspection was conducted. There were 35 children present, ranging in ages from 5 to 12 years old, with 5 staff supervising. The inspector reviewed compliance in the areas of administration, physical plant, staffing and supervision, programming, medication, special care and emergencies and nutrition. A total of 3 child records and 3 staff records were reviewed.

Information gathered during the inspection determined non-compliance with applicable standards or law and violations were documented on the violation notice issued to the program.

Violations:
Standard #: 22.1-289.035-B-4
Description: Based on a review of records and interview, the licensee did not obtain a search of the child abuse and neglect registry or equivalent registry from any state in which any individual staff has resided in the preceding five years.

Evidence:
Three staff records were reviewed.
The record for staff #2 contained documentation of staff #2's residence in New York within the past 5 years.
The record did not contain a Child Abuse / Neglect Registry check from New York.
The record for staff #1 contained documentation of staff #1's residence in North Carolina within the past 5 years.
The record did not contain a Child Abuse / Neglect Registry check from North Carolina.
The district manager confirmed that this documentation had not been obtained.

Plan of Correction: The North Carolina Central registry background check for staff #1 will be requested within 10 days and results filed in the staff record. A copy of the requests will be forwarded to the licensing inspector as will the results, upon receipt.
The request for staff #2's New York Central Registry search has been sent and a copy of the request was sent to the licensing inspector and the results will be forwarded to the inspector upon receipt.

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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