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Guidepost Montessori at West Alexandria
3475 N. Beauregard St., Suite 301
Alexandria, VA 22302
(571) 206-1687

Current Inspector: Sarah Marbert (703) 479-4678

Inspection Date: July 14, 2022

Complaint Related: No

Areas Reviewed:
8VAC20-780 Administration.
8VAC20-780 Staff Qualifications and Training.
8VAC20-780 Staffing and Supervision.
8VAC20-780 Special Care Provisions and Emergencies
8VAC20-770 Background Checks (8VAC20-770)
63.2 Child Abuse & Neglect

Comments:
An investigation was begun on 7/14/22 in response to an self-reported incident being received in our office. The investigation was conducted jointly with local authorities.
Please see the Violation Notice for non-compliances cited.
If you have any questions, please contact me at (703) 479-4678 or at Sarah.Marbert@doe.virginia.gov.

Violations:
Standard #: 8VAC20-770-60-B
Description: Based on a review of records, one staff record does not contain documentation of a completed Sworn Disclosure Statement (SDS) prior to employment.
Evidence:
1 of 1 staff records reviewed did not contain documentation of a completed SDS. (Staff A)

Plan of Correction: *Employee involved was terminated on 7/14/22.
*All staff currently employed have records on file of the signed Sworn Disclosure statement.

Standard #: 8VAC20-780-70
Description: Based on a review of records, one staff record is incomplete.
Evidence:
1 of 1 records reviewed did not contain documentation of the following:
* Date of Hire
*Employee application/address
*Emergency contact information
*Two references: signed and dated by person taking the reference over the phone.

Plan of Correction: *Employee involved was terminated on 7/14/22.
*All staff records currently include:
- Date of Hire
- Employee application and address
- Emergency Contact Information
-Two references.

Standard #: 8VAC20-780-210-A
Description: Based on a review of records, one staff record does not contain documentation of program leader qualifications.
Evidence:
1 of 1 staff records reviewed, did no contain documentation of a experience and education(diploma or transcripts) to show they met program lead qualifications. The resume on file documents 4 months of experience.(Staff A)

Plan of Correction: *Employee involved was terminated.
*In addition, all staff files were reviewed and contain documentation of experience and education showing they meet the program lead requirements.

Standard #: 8VAC20-780-240-C
Description: Based on a review of records, one staff record does not contain documentation of orientation within 7 days of employment, and prior to working alone with children.
Evidence:
Staff A's record does not contain documentation of orientation having been completed.

Plan of Correction: *Employee involved was terminated on 7/14/22.
*All staff currently employed have records on file of orientation completed within 7 days of employment, and prior to working alone with children.

Standard #: 8VAC20-780-350-O
Description: Based on a review of documentation and staff statement, a ratio of 14:1 for a balanced-mixed-age grouping was not maintained. There is no documentation of staff requirements for training with balanced mixed age groups.
Evidence:
*On July 11, 2022 the Children's House 5 room was out of ratio from approximately 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM with 16 children to one staff member.
*There is no documentation available for review that shows the staff person has received training in classroom management of balanced-mixed-age groupings

Plan of Correction: *Groups of children are now separated by napping children and awake children respectively. Ratios are maintained with napping children within the appropriate ratio of 1:20 in a nap room. Ratios are maintained with children who are not napping in a separate room at 1:14.
*All staff are required to take the Montessori Essentials training that reviews balancing mixed-age groups of ages 3 years to 6 years. Certificate to accompany completion of the training.

Standard #: 8VAC20-780-410-1
Description: Based on an interview, a staff person roughly handled a child.
Evidence;
A child was roughly handled during rest time when the staff person grabbed the child around the wrist/arm and took them to the bathroom then placed the child back on their cot.

Plan of Correction: *We begun an internal investigation and based on the information shared, after from the parents and other colleagues, determined the best course of action was to terminate the employee effective immediately.
*Also completed a complete review with all staff on their roll as a mandated reporter - how to spot and report a suspected case of child abuse.

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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