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504.2 - Communicable Diseases

Students with communicable diseases will be allowed to attend school provided their presence does not create a substantial risk of illness or transmission to other students or employees. The term “communicable disease” means an infectious or contagious disease spread from person-to-person, animal-to-person, or as defined by law.

Prevention and control of communicable diseases will be included in the district’s Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan. The procedures will include scope and application, definitions, exposure control, methods of compliance, universal precautions, vaccination, post-exposure evaluation, follow-up, communication of hazards to employees, and recordkeeping. The plan will be reviewed annually by the school nurses and superintendent [or designee].

The health risk to immunosuppressed students will be determined by their personal physicians. The health risk to others in the school district environment from the presence of students with communicable diseases will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the student’s personal physician, a physician chosen by the school district, or public health officials.

The parent/guardian will notify the superintendent [or designee] or school nurse when the student learns they have a communicable disease. It is the responsibility of the superintendent [or designee] when upon investigation the superintendent [or designee] or school nurse has knowledge that a reportable, communicable disease is present to notify the Iowa Department of Health & Human Services via the Linn County Health Department. Student health data is confidential and will not be disclosed to third parties.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent [or designee] in conjunction with the school nurses to develop administrative regulations stating the procedures for dealing with students with communicable diseases.

Adopted: 6/88
Reviewed: 4/11; 4/12; 7/13; 10/14; 11/17; 12/20; 10/23
Revised: 7/07; 11/07
Related Policy: 504.2-R; 504.2-E1-E4
Legal Reference (Code of Iowa): 139A.8; 641 IAC 1.2-5, 7
IASB Reference: 507.03