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The Merit School of Cloverdale (#32)
3498 Cranmer Mews
Dale city, VA 22193
(703) 590-4343

Current Inspector: Shawanda Henderson (540) 216-1434

Inspection Date: Dec. 6, 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
22.1 Background Checks Code, Carbon Monoxide

An unannounced monitoring inspection was conducted with the director on December 6, 2023, beginning at 1:37pm and ending at 3:36pm. There were 60 children, ages 4 months through 5 years old, in the care of 12 direct care staff. Five children?s records were reviewed. Four staff records were reviewed and in compliance. The first aid kit, flashlight, and battery-operated radio were observed and in compliance. Two medications were reviewed and in compliance. The menu, daily attendance, and emergency drill log were reviewed. The most recent practice emergency escape drill was documented as 11/20/2023. The most recent practice shelter-in-place drill was documented as 9/6/2023. The most recent lockdown drill was documented as 2/20/2023. The most recent health inspection was dated 9/13/2023. The most recent fire inspection was dated 6/8/2023.

If you have any questions regarding this inspection, contact Shawanda Henderson at 540-216-1434 or

Standard #: 8VAC20-780-60-A
Description: Based on a review of five children?s records, the center did not ensure all children?s records contained the required information. Evidence: Child A?s record did not have a written care plan for each child with a diagnosed food allergy, to include instructions from a physician regarding the food to which the child is allergic and the steps to be taken in the event of a suspected or confirmed allergic reaction.

Plan of Correction: The center will request a written allergy care plan for the child and the documentation will be placed in the child?s record.

Standard #: 8VAC20-780-510-P
Description: Based on review of medication, it was determined that not all medication was picked up within 14 days when the authorization for medication expires. Evidence: The medication authorization form for child A expired April 2022.

Plan of Correction: The center staff has made several attempts to obtain the missing documentation from the parent. The center staff will request and updated medication authorization from the parent.


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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