Administrative Procedure

A. Educational and Preventative Measures

  1. The school will enforce examination/immunization requirements for all students.
  2. In cooperation with the public health nurse, the principal shall be responsible for the appropriate maintenance of a health station in the school building. A list of communicable diseases, as defined by the Department of Health and Social Services, shall be posted in the health station, and information regarding the suppression and control of communicable diseases shall be available for review by interested staff, parents and students.
  3. Information regarding suppression and control of communicable diseases will be included as a regular part of the Science, Religion, and Social Studies curriculum for students. 
  4. Standard procedures, as set forth in the current edition of Control of Communicable Diseases in Man, to prevent the spread of communicable diseases transmitted by air (such as tuberculosis, chicken pox, measles, mumps, and rubella) or by exchange of body fluids (such as hepatitis A and B, rotavirus, cytomegalovirus, salmonella, staphylococcus aureus, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome and HIV the spread of other conditions such as pediculosis, and scabies) will be followed by all staff in the performance of their duties. A single case of measles shall be considered a public health emergency. The local public health officer will be contacted immediately to determine an appropriate course of action.
  5. First aid supplies and equipment appropriate to reducing the risk of transmission of communicable diseases in the school, as determined by local public health officials, will be available in the school office. 
  6. The school will establish routines for handling body fluids consistent with the recommendations from the Center for Disease Control.

B.  Confidentiality/Reporting

  1. The principal shall function as the school's liaison between students, staff, parents, physicians, public health officials and the community at large in matters concerning communicable disease issues in the school. 
  2. Any person who knows or suspects that a student has a communicable disease should share the information with the principal. The principal will confer with the public health nurse serving the school and, to the extent circumstances warrant and permit, with the subject of the report and the student's parent or guardian. 
  3. If required by public health statutes and regulations, the principal will make a report to the local public health officer. 
  4. The school will maintain the confidentiality of the health records of students and will not disclose any such records except to the extent required or permitted by law and essential to the safe conduct of the school's operations.