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319. AIDS/HIV INFECTION


319. AIDS/HIV INFECTION Date Adopted: November 18, 1985
Date Revised: September 1, 1987
June 27, 1994
1. Purpose
 
  1. The Board of Education is committed to the provision of a healthful environment for its employees.

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  3. 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.

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2. Definition
 
  1. 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).

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3. Authority
 
  1. This policy shall apply to all employees in all programs conducted by the School District of Philadelphia.

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  3. School District Management for this disease shall be the responsibility of the Director for Health Services.

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4. Admission
 
  1. Each case shall be considered on an individual basis consistent with the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control.

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  3. An employee with AIDS shall be admitted to his/her place of employment provided such admission has been approved by a Screening Committee consisting of the Director for 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 employee, and, if necessary, with educational personnel in the proposed placement.

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    1. Decisions shall be based both on the employee's susceptibility to other diseases and the employee's likelihood of presenting risk of infection to others.
    2. 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.

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    4. Periodically, the Screening Committee shall review each case to determine current status and make revisions, if necessary, in the original decisions.

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5. Identification and Confidentiality
 
  1. The identity of employees with AIDS shall be confidential except to the limited extent provided in Section 4.23.

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  3. 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.

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6. Placement
 
  1. First consideration should be given to returning the employee to the regular assignment. Any decision for an alternative placement must be supported by specific data.

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7. Education
 
  1. 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.

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8. Evaluation
 
  1. 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.
Reference:

Statement of Philosophy, Mission and Goals, Sept. 1983
Center for Disease Control MMWR , 10/31/86 Surgeon General's Report on Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
24 PS13-1302
MMWR, 8/30/85
PL94-142, Reg.300.5 (b) 7 (ii)
Rehabilitation Act, Sec. 504
PA Dept. Education "AIDS Advisory," 10/18/85
24 P.S. 14-1409
24 P.S. 13-1310
24 P.S. 13-1371