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Blue Bird of Alexandria
346 Commerce Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 683-2701

Current Inspector: Mahrukh Aziz (571) 835-4718

Inspection Date: Nov. 7, 2017

Complaint Related: No

Areas Reviewed:
63.2 General Provisions.
63.2 Child Abuse and Neglect
63.2 Licensure and Registration Procedures
63.2 Facilities and Programs..
22VAC40-191 Background Checks (22VAC40-191)

Technical Assistance:
Discusses maintenance, background checks.

An unannounced renewal inspection was conducted from 10:00 am-12:20pm. 115 children were in direct care of 29 staff members. Children were observed during circle time, listening to audio stories, writing their numbers and completing a Humpty Dumpty project. Infants were observed being held, bottle fed and taking naps. A selection of staff and children records, medications and other center documents were reviewed. Areas of non-compliance are identified in the violation notice. Please contact me if you have any questions at or 571-835-4718.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-130-B
Description: Based on record review, the center did not obtain documentation of additional immunizations once every six months for children under the age of two years. Evidence: Child # 4's records did not have documentation of updated immunizations. Child # 4's date of birth was 5/10/16.

Plan of Correction: I will obtain updated shot records from the parents.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-140-A
Description: Based on record review, the center did not obtain a report of the physical exam for each child within one month of attendance. Evidence: Child # 4's record did not have documentation of a physical exam within one month of the child's start date (8/17/16).

Plan of Correction: I will get a copy of the child's physical exam from the parents.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-160-C
Description: Based on record review, staff members did not obtain and submit the results of a follow-up tuberculosis (TB) screening at least every two years from the date of the first initial screening or testing. Evidence: 1. Staff # 1's last TB was done on 5/21/15. The expiration date for her TB was 5/21/17. 2. Staff # 2's last TB was done on 10/6/15. The expiration date for her TB was 10/6/17.

Plan of Correction: We will get the TB screenings done.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-280-B
Description: Based on observation, hazardous substances were not kept in a locked place using a safe locking method. Evidence: In the Pre-Kindergarten classroom on the third level, 4 bottles of cleaning materials were stored in the lower cabinet right next to the children's table. The door to the cabinet did not close completely and was unlocked, making the cleaners accessible to the children.

Plan of Correction: The cleaners were moved to a top shelf during the inspection.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-280-H
Description: Based on observation and staff interview, it was determined that medications were stored in a purse that was accessible to the children. Evidence: Upon opening an unlocked cabinet right next to the children's table in the Pre-Kindergarten classroom, the Licensing Inspector observed two teacher purses. Licensing Inspector asked Staff # 3 if she had any medications or cosmetic items in her purse. Staff #3 stated that there were vitamins in a ziploc bag in her purse. Licensing inspector asked Staff # 3 to show the vitamins to her. Staff # 3 took her purse out of the cabinet and pulled out a ziploc bag with gummy vitamins. The gummy vitamins were accessible to the children, as the purse was not stored in a locked cabinet.

Plan of Correction: Staff moved purse to the top shelf of the cabinet during the inspection.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-510-C
Description: Based on record review, the center did not obtain authorization for administering medication. Evidence: There was an Epipen on site for Child # 3. The center did not obtain written authorization from the parent and the physician to administer the medication.

Plan of Correction: I will get the parent and the doctor to complete the long term medication authorization form.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-520-A
Description: Based on observation, over the counter skin products were kept beyond the expiration date of the product. Evidence: 1. In the Crawler's classroom, a sunscreen for Child # 1 was found with the expiration date of July 2017. 2. In the Pre-Kindergarten classroom, a sunscreen for Child # 2 was found with the expiration date of June 2017.

Plan of Correction: The sunscreens will be removed and returned to the parents.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-520-B
Description: Based on observation, sunscreen was accessible to children under five years of age. Evidence: In the Pre-Kindergarten (ages 4-5) classroom on the third level, sunscreens were stored in a container in the lower shelf of a cabinet. The cabinet door was unlocked making the sunscreens accessible to the children.

Plan of Correction: The sunscreen container was moved to the top shelf during the inspection.

Standard #: 22VAC40-191-60-B
Description: Based on records review and staff interview, employees were employed without the completion of the sworn statement. Evidence: 1. Staff # 4 and Staff # 5's first day of employment was 11/7/17. Staff # 4 was observed working with children in the Toddler room. Staff # 5 was observed working in the Infant classroom. Both staff members started working with children without having completed the sworn statement.

Plan of Correction: I will have both staff complete the form today.


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