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Greater Mt Vernon Com Head Start - Gum Springs Children's Center
8100 Fordson Road
Alexandria, VA 22306
(703) 799-5760

Current Inspector: Kelly Patterson-Savittiere (703) 479-4746

Inspection Date: April 20, 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.
8VAC20-770 Background Checks (8VAC20-770)
20 Access to minor?s records
22.1 Background Checks Code, Carbon Monoxide
32.1 Report by person other than physician
63.2 Child Abuse & Neglect

Technical Assistance:
Discussed Out of State Background Search requirements, 10 Hour pre-Service training as part of staff orientation, new model form on the DOE website that includes all required orientation topics if needed.

Comments:
An unannounced monitoring inspection was conducted today from 9:50 am-12:00 pm. There were 111 directly supervised by 17 staff. Child to staff ratios were found to be in compliance. The children were observed playing on the playground, releasing butterflies, participating in circle time, playing in dramatic play and demonstrating their hand washing routines.

The physical plant, staff records, child records, medication policies, evacuation drills, a sample of injury reports,emergency supplies and policies were reviewed.

Areas of non-compliance are cited on the Violation Notice.

If there are any questions regarding this inspection please contact kelly.savittiere@doe.virginia.gov

Violations:
Standard #: 22.1-289.035-A
Description: Based upon record review, required background searches were not completed prior to 1st date of employment .

Evidence: Staff #1 ( hire date 1/18/2022) did not have a clearance letter from OBI dated before hire date. Staff #1 National Criminal History record is dated 3/28/2022.

Plan of Correction: The program is working on coordinating multiple contacts within NFS to compile results and send to administration at sites to maintain access. Multiple people were out sick at the time of inspection that had access to records.

Standard #: 8VAC20-770-70-A
Description: Based upon record review, background checks for new employees were not available to inspector at the time of the inspection.

Evidence: Staff #1 did not have documentation on site for review.

Plan of Correction: The program is working on coordinating multiple contacts within NFS to compile results and send to administration at sites to maintain access. Multiple people were out sick at the time of inspection that had access to records.

Standard #: 8VAC20-780-160-A-1
Description: Based upon record review, each staff member did not submit documentation of Tuberculosis screening at the time of employment and prior to coming in contact with children.

Evidence: Staff #1 ( hire date 1/18/2022) did not have a TB screen on record the date of inspection ( 4/20/2022)

Plan of Correction: Tb test will be completed once staff member returns to work. Tb test results were emailed to inspector.

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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