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8453 Policy_Direct Contact Communicable Diseases

The Board of Education seeks to provide a safe educational environment for students and staff. To this end,
students and staff should understand the method of transmission and prevention of diseases that are contracted
through direct contact with body fluids and excretions, especially blood, vomit, feces, or urine. The Board is also
committed to assuring, to the extent permitted by State communicable disease reporting requirements, the
confidential status of individuals who may have been diagnosed with a contact communicable disease.
For purposes of this policy, these diseases shall include:
    A. HIV (human immunodeficiency virus);
    B. AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome);
    C. AIDS related complex (condition);
    D. HAV, HBV, HCV (Hepatitis A, B, C);
    E. Other diseases that may be specified by the State Department of Health as contact communicable
The Board recognizes that individuals who have contracted these diseases may not exhibit symptoms for many
years after exposure and may, in fact, not be aware that they have contracted the disease. They are, however, able
to transmit the disease to other individuals.
With this in mind, the Board directs the Superintendent to develop programs for students and staff for the purpose
of understanding the manner in which these diseases may be prevented and how they are transmitted. These
programs should specify the risk factors involved, how to deal with those risks, and emphasize the fact that these
diseases are preventable if basic precautions are taken.
The Board further directs the Superintendent to assure that students or staff who reveal the fact they have
contracted one of these diseases will have their status safeguarded in accordance with Federal and State statutes
dealing with confidentiality, their right to privacy and that their civil rights will be respected. Staff members will have
access to District leave policies in accordance with Board policy and any applicable collective bargaining
agreement, such individuals will also be provided reasonable accommodation as required by the Wisconsin Fair
Employment Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Should a student be unable to attend school as a result
of illness, an alternative education program shall be provided in accordance with the Board's policy and
administrative procedures dealing with Homebound Instruction.
The Superintendent shall also ensure the procedures are developed for reporting communicable diseases and
sending home students or staff suspected of having a communicable disease as provided under State law.
Sec. 252.21, Wis. Stats.
Approved/Adopted:  July 13, 2009
Sharon Weinstock,
Aug 9, 2011, 1:12 PM