DSS Clears Heritage Hunt Minnieland Academy of Recent Complaints

| February 5, 2014 | 0 Comments | Education

The Minnieland Academy's Heritage Hunt location has been cited four times over the past two years for violations relating to the inappropriate handling of children.

A recent complaint against Minnieland Academy at Heritage Hunt in Gainesville was found not valid by the Department of Social Services.

According to Licensing Inspector Linda Reynolds, DSS investigated the the facility, located at 7101 Heritage Village Plaza, Dec. 17, 2013 and Jan. 28, 2014, after the agency received a complaint regarding allegations of physical discipline, greeting children upon arrival, attending to a crying child and use of inappropriate language.

“After interviews with four staff and observation in the classroom, it was determined that the information gathered during the complaint investigation does not support the allegations,” she wrote in her inspection report. “The complaint was deemed to be not valid.”

This investigation follows four citations over the past two years for incidents of staff inappropriately handling children at the Gainesville day care center.

Following a Sept. 4 incident, Minnieland Academy’s corporate office released the following statement:

“Minnieland takes any licensing violations seriously, especially those that involve the health and safety of the children in our care. After each licensing visit, Minnieland reviews any violations received and provides corrective action intended to minimize the risk of any repeat violations,” Chief Operating Officer Christopher S. Schuster said.

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