Guidepost Montessori at West Alexandria
3475 N. Beauregard St., Suite 301
Alexandria, VA 22302
Current Inspector: Sarah Marbert (703) 479-4678
Inspection Date: April 13, 2023
Complaint Related: No
- Areas Reviewed:
8VAC20-780 Staff Qualifications and Training.
8VAC20-780 Staffing and Supervision.
8VAC20-780 Special Care Provisions and Emergencies
8VAC20-770 Background Checks (8VAC20-770)
20 Access to minor?s records
22.1 Background Checks Code, Carbon Monoxide
63.2 Child Abuse & Neglect
- Technical Assistance:
Discussed with Head of School:
*Parent decision to remove medications for allergies as no longer needed. Physician should provide documentation to support this change.
*Balanced Mixed Age grouping requirements. Letter provided by the Head of School regarding Guidepost Montessori stance on "moving children up" from corporate counsel.
A monitoring inspection was conducted today per the conditions of a Provisional License.
Staff records, child records, medications and injury reports were reviewed. See Violation Notice for non-compliances cited.
Violations discussed with Head of School: Injury reports (10 reports reviewed), Staff records background search documentation, TB documentation, medications and allergy action plans.
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LI was present today from 10:20 AM - 2:00 PM.
Standard #: 8VAC20-770-60-B Description: Based on a review of records, one staff record did not contain documentation of a completed Sworn Disclosure Statement (SDS) prior to employment.
1 of 3 staff records reviewed was missing a completed SDS prior to employment. (Staff A: Date of Hire (DOH): 4/3/23).
Plan of Correction: The employee has a Sworn Disclosure Statement signed.
Standard #: 8VAC20-780-160-A Description: Based on a review of records, one staff record does not contain documentation of a negative Tuberculosis(TB) screening submitted at the time of employment and completed within the past 30 calendar days.
1 of 3 staff records reviewed contained a TB negative result that was dated 8/31/21. Staff date of hire: 4/3/23. (Staff A).
Plan of Correction: Staff A had a chest x-ray on 8/31/2021 and will obtain a doctor's note verifying she does not need to have another x-ray done at this time.
Standard #: 8VAC20-780-40-E Description: Based on a review of policies, the center failed to follow their own medication policy.
The parent handbook states: "It is the parent's responsibility to keep a record at home to maintain medications at the school that are up -to-date." One Epi-pen at the center expired 1/2023. (Child 1)
Plan of Correction: The parent will provide a new Epi-pen.
Standard #: 8VAC20-780-60-A-8 Description: Based on a review of child records and Head of School statement, child records do not contain all required information.
4 child records were reviewed for specific items.
*3 of 4 records of children with diagnosed food allergies did not contain a current Allergy Action Plan with physician's instructions.
**Child 1 - allergy plan is date 11/09/20.
**Children 2, 3 have no plan available for review.
Plan of Correction: Allergy action plan with updated physician authorization has been requested.
Standard #: 8VAC20-780-70 Description: Based on a review of records, staff records do not contain documentation of all required components.
3 staff records reviewed. Missing information includes:
*Documentation of 2 references prior to employment. (Staff B- DOH: 2/27/23)
*Documentation of the name address and phone number for an emergency contact. (Staff A- DOH:4/3/23)
Plan of Correction: 2 references have been received from Staff B.
Standard #: 8VAC20-780-550-P Description: Based on a review of injury reports, the reports
do not include all required components.
10 reports were reviewed.
*9 of 10 did not contain documentation of the time the parent was notified of the injury.
The current form in use does not include this component.
*6 of 10 did not contain the method of notification.
Plan of Correction: The form will contain a time stamp of when the parent was notified of the injury and the method of notification.
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