Substandard Conditions at Va. School for Deaf, Blind, and Multi-Disabled
This article describes some of the problems:
The Virginia School for the Deaf, Blind and Multi-Disabled is operating under a provisional state license after nearly 100 violations over the past three years.From 2001 through February 2004, the Hampton school violated 97 standards outlined for children's residential schools by the Office of Interdepartmental Regulation.The violations -- ranging from unreported student injuries to understaffing -- were contained in a study the Daily Press obtained from the state Department of Education.
On-site inspections in November 2003 and again in February found:As this article notes, folks at the school disagree that there are major problems and say that they are working to address the problems that exist.
- systemic deficiencies with staff development. Staff, for instance, was not trained annually in the use of physical restraints, and many hearing staff members could not communicate with deaf students and staff;
- reports of fight resulting in injuries;
- a male staff member, who was later named in allegations of sexual misconduct with a student, impersonated a student to get another student's address.