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AR 5141.22 Infectious Diseases

KPBSD Policy Manual

AR 5141.22

Students
INFECTIOUS DISEASES

The Superintendent shall work in cooperation with local and state health and human service agencies and in conformance with public health statutes and regulations in developing a plan for the prevention, control, and management of infectious diseases of public health significance in public schools.  KPBSD’s nursing services shall be responsible for the plan to ensure control of infectious diseases in schools.  The plan will be provided to the Board for informational purposes.

Confidentiality

The Superintendent shall ensure that student confidentiality is strictly observed in accordance with law. No District employee shall release medical information, including knowledge of an infectious disease, without written consent from the parent/guardian. Such information may be shared only with those persons specifically named in the written permission.

Students with Blood Borne Pathogen Infection

  1. Upon receipt of the diagnosis, the Superintendent shall request a signed release of information from the child's parent/guardian authorizing the Superintendent to obtain confidential information from the student's physician and any other source of pertinent medical, psychological or educational information.
  2. The Superintendent shall convene a 504 Accommodation Team composed of the following:
    1. The student's parent/guardian;
    2. The student's physician;
    3. The District's appointed medical consultant or public health official;
    4. The Superintendent;
    5. Other appropriate school personnel.
     
  3. The 504 Accommodation Team will review the educational, health and related information collected and evaluate placement options. The team shall consider:
    1. the age, physical condition, neurological development and behavior of the infected student;
    2. the expected type of interaction with others in the school environment;
    3. risks to the infected student, the other students, and the school staff; and
    4. the school's capacity to meet the needs of the student.
     
  4. The 504 Accommodation Team shall develop a written plan recommending
    1. placement options, i.e., regular classroom or an alternative educational program; and
    2. procedures for personal care and for academic program modification, if necessary.
    The panel shall review this plan regularly to determine need for changes in placement, care or services.
  5. The 504 Accommodation Team is encouraged to recommend an alternative program when:
    1. the student:
      (1) has uncoverable , oozing lesions;
      (2) is unable to safely control bodily secretions; or
      (3) exhibits behavior that puts other students at risk, i.e., biting.
    2. The infected student is at high risk of acquiring a secondary infection;
    3. The infected student has acquired a secondary infection that presents a recognized risk of being transmitted in a school setting; and
    4. The infected student has a significant health problem that permanently restricts his/her ability to attend class.
     
  6. The identity of the infected student shall be held in confidence. Team members shall not share this confidence with anyone outside the team except in accordance with law.
  7. The Superintendent shall arrange for the student's parent/guardians and physician to be notified when infections such as chicken pox, cytomegalovirus, herpes simplex, tuberculosis or measles occur at school.

KENAI PENINSULA BOROUGH SCHOOL DISTRICT
Adoption Date: 7/6/2015

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