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AlphaBEST Education, Inc. - Southwestern Elementary
150 Pioneer Road
Suffolk, VA 23437
(757) 635-1338

Current Inspector: Melinda Popkin (757) 802-5281

Inspection Date: Feb. 28, 2023

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.
8VAC20-770 Background Checks
20 Access to minor's records
22.1 Early Childhood Care and Education
63.2 Child Abuse & Neglect

A renewal inspection was initiated on 2/28/2023 and concluded on 3/1/2023. There were 34 children present with 3 staff supervising. The inspector reviewed compliance on site in the areas of administration, physical plant, staffing and supervision, programming, medication, special care and emergencies and nutrition. A total of 5 child records were reviewed onsite and 2 staff records were reviewed remotely. The onsite inspection started at 3:40 pm and concluded at 4:45 pm.

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.

Standard #: 8VAC20-780-350-C
Description: Based on observation and interview, the licensee did not ensure that when children are in ongoing mixed age groups, the staff-to-children ratio and group size applicable to the youngest child in the group shall apply to the entire group.
There were 34 children, which staff confirmed were ages 4 to 10 years old, with 3 staff during the inspection on 2/28/2023.
The required ratio of adults to children, when 4 year old children are present in the mixed age group, is 1 staff for every 10 children.

Plan of Correction: The program director stated that she was not aware that the group required a 1:10 ratio due to the 4 year old children being present.
In the future, if 3 staff are present, the program director will separate the 4 year old children into their own group to meet the 1:10 ratio allowing the school aged children to remain in a 1:20 ratio with the remaining 2 staff. Other wise, 4 staff will be scheduled for the mixed age group.


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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