319. AIDS/HIV INFECTION
Date Adopted: November 18, 1985
Date Revised: September 1, 1987
June 27, 1994
The Board of Education is committed to the provision of a healthful environment
for its 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 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.
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.
Decisions shall be based both on the employee's susceptibility to other
diseases and the employee's likelihood of presenting risk of infection
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.
The identity of 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 employee to the regular
assignment. Any decision for an alternative placement must be supported
by specific data.
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, Sept. 1983
Center for Disease Control MMWR , 10/31/86 Surgeon General's
on Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
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