JLCCA Attendance Policy for Students Infected with Human Immunodeficiency Virus
ATTENDANCE POLICY FOR STUDENTS INFECTED WITH HUMAN
The Veazie School Department has as its primary goal the provision of quality education in a safe environment for all students.
Public law in Maine guarantees all children the right to an education. The purpose of this policy is to establish what actions shall be taken in the event that the Veazie School Department is made aware that a student attending school is infected with HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus).
This policy has been adopted to assure that the rights and safety of all involved parties are preserved.
For purposes of this policy the Veazie School Department has adopted the definitions contained in Title 5 MRSA Section 19201.
1. It is the Veazie School Department's goal to provide educational opportunities for students infected with HIV just as it does for other students. This shall include attendance in regular class settings. Students infected with HIV shall be entitled to all the rights, privileges, and services provided by Maine law and the Veazie School Department policies.
2. In the event that a public health threat is perceived by the student's private physician, the Bureau of Health shall be notified, and will then conduct an evaluation. If the school is notified of a student infected with HIV by the parent/guardians and becomes concerned about the safety of that student, other students, or staff, a similar evaluation may be requested. Any time the Veazie School Department is concerned that a particular student poses a public health threat to others, advice shall be requested from the Bureau of Health.
3. In the rare event that the Bureau of Health determines that conditions exist which suggest that a student with a Human Immunodeficienty Virus infection is a health threat to the school community, the Bureau of Health and/or the Superintendent shall remove the student from the usual classroom setting until other arrangements can be made or until the Bureau of Health or the student's private physician determines that the risks have abated. The health status of a student temporarily removed from the usual school setting, for reasons of health protection of that student or other students, will be re-evaluated at least quarterly by the Bureau of Health.
4. Current Maine law protects the confidentiality of HIV test results with certain statutory exceptions. Test results may not be disclosed to anyone without written consent of parents/guardians. Records containing information about Human Immunodeficiency Virus test results and consent forms relating to test results shall be kept separate from other school records. Only those persons given written consent by the student's parents/guardians shall have access.
5. The Superintendent, with written consent of the parents/guardians, shall designate and individual or team to:
a. serve as the liaison between the school and the student's parents/guardians, the student's private physician and, if necessary the Bureau of Health.
b. serve as the supervisor of the medical component of the student's educational experience.
Any team member or individual entrusted with the knowledge of a student infected with HIV must, by law, keep his/her knowledge of that child's status confidential, and access to information shall be limited only to those persons authorized in writing by the student's parents/guardians.
6. At the parents/guardians' written request a designated team member shall notify the student's parents/guardians and/or the student's private physician in the event that infections occur in the school population that may place an immunodeficient student at increased risk as defined by the student's private physician or Bureau of Health. It is understood that the confidentiality of the infected student shall be respected. The decision whether or not to remove the student from school will be made by the parents/guardians or the student's private physician.
7. Because of the inability to identify individuals who may be infected with Human Immunodeficiency Virus or other agents transmissible through blood and other body fluids, the Veazie School Department shall follow procedures recommended by the Bureau of Health for cleaning and disinfecting all body fluid spills. If there is a need to handle items which are soiled with body fluids or to clean surfaces which are contaminated with body fluids, appropriate medically accepted practices shall be used. All staff members shall participate in the training of how to deal with body fluids that they may encounter as part of their daily tasks. Written procedures for handling bodily fluids shall be posted for and reviewed by all school staff members and ancillary service personnel.
8. The Veazie School Department shall provide educational programs to inform parents/guardians, students and staff regarding AIDS and all other communicable diseases even though there may not be students with infections currently enrolled.