Date Adopted: November 18, 1985
Date Revised: September 1, 1987, December 17, 1990
The Board of Education is committed to the provision of a healthful environment
for its students and employees.
In fulfillment of that commitment, the Board has and shall continue to
seek guidance from appropriate medical, educational, legal and government
authorities. This policy statement is the result of such guidance.
AIDS is an acronym for acquired immune deficiency syndrome. As used in
this policy AIDS includes all levels of infection, from asymptomatic
to AIDS Related Complex (ARC) to full blown or "classic" AIDS, caused by
the AIDS virus. This virus has been designated by scientists and medical
authorities as the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).
This policy shall apply to all students and employees in all programs conducted
by the School District of Philadelphia.
School district Management for this disease shall be the responsibility
of the Director for Health Services.
5. Identification and Confidentiality
Each case shall be considered on an individual basis consistent with the
recommendations of the Center for Disease Control.
A student or employee with AIDS shall be admitted to the classroom or program
provided such admission has been approved by a Screening Committee consisting
of the Director of Health Services who shall serve as chairperson, a physician
named by the Superintendent, and a physician named by the Commissioner
of Health of the City of Philadelphia. The Committee shall consult with
the attending physician, the child's parent or guardian, and, if necessary,
with educational personnel in the proposed placement.
Decisions shall be based both on the student's susceptibility to other
diseases and the student's likelihood of presenting risk of infection to
The Screening Committee may make limited waiver of the physician-patient
privilege a condition of admission to the extent necessary to protect the
patient and others.
Periodically, the Screening Committee shall review each case to determine
current status and make revisions, if necessary, in the original decisions.
An employee with AIDS shall be admitted to his/her place of employment
in accordance with provisions of this section.
The identity of students or employees with AIDS shall be confidential except
to the limited extent provided in Section 4.23.
All files that include listing of names and other confidential information
of those with AIDS shall be kept under strict security by an official named
by the Superintendent.
First consideration should be given to returning the student or employee
to the regular assignment. Any decision for an alternative placement must
be supported by specific data.
Students diagnosed as having AIDS and unable to attend school as determined
by medical examination shall be considered for homebound instruction.
A student with AIDS may be excused from school attendance if the parent
or guardian seeks such excuse based upon medical or psychological advice
of those treating the student.
A student may be excused from school attendance by the Board upon satisfactory
evidence of urgent reasons which prevent the student from attending school
or application to study. Such an excuse must be approved by the Pennsylvania
Department of Education prior to the exclusion.
The mandatory elementary , middle, junior high and senior high school
courses of study in health education shall be expanded to include instruction
The Division of Health Services shall develop appropriate administrative
guidelines to implement this policy. The guidelines of the United States
Center for Disease Control shall be the major reference.
The Director of Health Services shall periodically report to the Superintendent
regarding the effectiveness of this policy and make recommendations for
revision in response to developments in medical research and treatment.
"Statement of Philosophy Mission and Goals" September 1983
Center for Disease Control MMWR , 10/31/86 Surgeon General's
on Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
Pennsylvania School Code 24, Section 13-1302
Reg. 300.5(b) 7 (ii)
Rehabilitation Act Section 504
Pennsylvania Department Education "AIDS Advisory" 10/18/85
Pennsylvania School Code 24, Sections 12-1310; 13-1329;
1371; 14-1409; 14-1417