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AlphaBEST @ Simonsdale Elementary
4841 Clifford Street
Portsmouth, VA 23701
(757) 204-2851

Current Inspector: Nanette Roberts (757) 404-2322

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.
8VAC20-820 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 Background Checks Code, Carbon Monoxide
63.2 Child Abuse & Neglect

Comments:
A monitoring inspection was initiated and concluded on February 28, 2023. There were 13 children present ages four through 11 years old with one staff at the onset of the inspection 3:05 until 5:20pm. During the inspection a walking tour of the center inside child care space was completed including restrooms. A sampling of children and staff records were attempted to be reviewed. Children were observed in teacher and self-directed activities including snack, transitions, hand washing table top activities and homework. Additionally, emergency equipment and emergency evacuation drills were reviewed to determine if required documentation and equipment were in compliance with standards. Violations regarding required postings, child immunizations and physicals, child record, staff records, supervision, ratio, first aid kit accessible, attendance and site phone, were observed and discussed with the staff member present during the exit interview at the conclusion of the inspection.

Violations:
Standard #: 8VAC20-770-70-A
Description: Based on record review the center failed to maintain staff records as required.
Evidence:
1 ? There is not any staff record information onsite for Staff #1 or #2.
a. Both Staff #1 and #2 were present and providing care to children during the inspection.
2 ? Staff #1 stated that there were not any records onsite for Staff #1 or #2.

Plan of Correction: Not available online. Contact Inspector for more information.

Standard #: 8VAC20-780-130-A
Description: Based on record review and interview the center failed to obtain child immunizations as required.
Evidence:
1 ? The record for Child #1 did not contain documentation of an immunization.
a. Child #1 does not have a documented first date of attendance.
b. Child #1 was present, in care during the inspection.
2 ? Staff #1 confirmed that there was not any documentation of immunizations on file for Child #1.

Plan of Correction: Not available online. Contact Inspector for more information.

Standard #: 8VAC20-780-140-A
Description: Based on record review and interview the center failed to obtain physical examinations as required.
Evidence:
1 ? The records for Child #1 and #2 do not contain any documentation of physical examinations.
2 ? Staff #1 confirmed that the physical examinations were not present in the records of Child #1 or #2.

Plan of Correction: Not available online. Contact Inspector for more information.

Standard #: 8VAC20-780-40-D
Description: Based on observation and interview the center failed to ensure that the current is posted in the center.
Evidence:
1 ? The current license was not posted or visible anywhere in the center during the inspection.
2 ? Staff #1 confirmed that the license was not posted. She further stated that she did not know where the current license was located.

Plan of Correction: Not available online. Contact Inspector for more information.

Standard #: 8VAC20-780-60-A
Description: Based on record review and interview the center failed to obtain all required information for children?s records.
Evidence:
1 ? The record for Child #1 does not contain documentation of first date of attendance.
2 ? The records for Child #1 and #2 do not contain any documentation of emergency contact addresses.
3 ? Staff #1 confirmed that there was not a documented first date of attendance on file for Child #1 or emergency contact address for Child #1 and #2.

Plan of Correction: Not available online. Contact Inspector for more information.

Standard #: 8VAC20-780-80-A
Description: Based observations the center failed to maintain attendance as required.
Evidence:
The hard copy attendance documentation did not capture the actual arrival and departure of children as it occurred.

Plan of Correction: Not available online. Contact Inspector for more information.

Standard #: 8VAC20-780-270-F
Description: Based on observation and interview the center failed to maintain a working non pay telephone for the center.
Evidence:
1 ? The telephone number listed on the department website was not operational during the inspection.
2 ? Staff #1 stated that she used her personal cell phone and not the center phone to make phone calls.

Plan of Correction: Not available online. Contact Inspector for more information.

Standard #: 8VAC20-780-340-F
Description: Based on observations the center failed to ensure that children under 10 years of age always are always within actual sight and sound supervision of staff, except that staff need only be able to hear a child who is using the restroom provided that: 1. There is a system to assure that individuals who are not staff members or persons allowed to pick up a child in care do not enter the restroom area while in use by children; and
2. Staff check on a child who has not returned from the restroom after five minutes. Depending on the location and layout of the restroom, staff may need to provide intermittent sight supervision of the children in the restroom area during this five-minute period to a
Evidence:
1 ? An 11-year-old child in care was sent to bathroom with younger children.
2 ? No staff checked the bathroom to ensure there was not anyone in the bathroom before the children entered.
3 ? As the only staff present, Staff #1 was unable to hear children that were sent to the bathroom.
4 ? Staff #1, who was caring for children alone at the time, left children totally unattended no less than four times to open the door for arriving parents.

Plan of Correction: Not available online. Contact Inspector for more information.

Standard #: 8VAC20-780-350-C
Description: Based on observations and interview the center failed to ensure that required ratios are maintained.
Evidence:
1 ? At approximately 4:47pm there were 13 children ages four to 11 years old in care alone with Staff #1.
2 ? Staff #1 stated that she was alone with the children because Staff #2 had not arrived at the scheduled time.
a. Staff #1 was alone with the entire group of children until Staff #2 arrived at approximately 5:20pm.

Plan of Correction: Not available online. Contact Inspector for more information.

Standard #: 8VAC20-780-540-B
Description: Based on observation the center failed to ensure that each first aid kit is easily accessible to staff but not to children.
Evidence:
The first aid kit is sitting on the floor of the child care room within reach of children.

Plan of Correction: Not available online. Contact Inspector for more information.

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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