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Administrative Procedure 154

HIV/AIDS in Education Settings

Background

Preamble:

 

The risks associated with students/staff that become infected with HIV/AIDS must be balanced with the educational needs and rights of all individuals in the school community.

 

Wild Rose School Division supports the guidelines developed jointly by Alberta Education and the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Branch, and has used these in establishing local procedures regarding HIV/AIDS.

 

This administrative procedure is based on current medical information that indicates HIV/AIDS is a very serious disease, but that it is not transmitted by ordinary casual contact.

 

It is recognized that a person diagnosed as being HIV positive may or may not develop AIDS as a result.

 

Guidelines:

 

The actions of the Division will be guided by the following principles:

 

1.      Wild Rose School Division strives to protect the rights and health interests of individuals in accordance with the laws of this country.

 

2.      The Division consults with appropriate qualified authorities, when necessary, in order to resolve issues related to the HIV/AIDS disease.

 

3.      The Division provides accurate, objective and current information on the subject through approved curricula and programs.

Procedures

Procedures:

 

1.      Wild Rose School Division shall respond to infected students/staff on a case-by-case basis. The Superintendent, in consultation with the appropriate Health Unit and the patient's physician, will determine when it is necessary to inform others of a risk situation.

 

2.      All staff should only handle body fluids when the necessary precautions have been undertaken, including the use of rubber gloves. These are provided for employee use.

 

3.      Students testing HIV positive or developing AIDS:

 

3.1     Shall have the right to continue to attend school;

 

3.2     Shall have confidentiality maintained to the greatest extent possible; and

 

3.3     Shall be provided with teaching assistance and/or alternate programming to allow the continuation of studies in keeping with the student's ability to undertake them.

 

4.      Employees testing HIV positive or developing AIDS:

 

4.1     Shall continue to be employed by the Division in keeping with his/her ability to perform assignments;

 

4.2     Shall have confidentiality maintained to the greatest extent possible;

 

4.3     The health of the employee may result in periodic changes in assignment based on the recommendation of the attending physician in consultation with the Superintendent; and

 

4.4     When an employee with an HIV/AIDS related illness becomes too sick to work, the same access to usual employee benefits will be provided as are accorded by the Division to other employees who are ill.

 

5.      Staff who test positive for the HIV virus, or develop AIDS are expected to notify the Superintendent, and undertake to provide medical reports as required on the current status of that person's condition in order that any appropriate accommodation regarding the person’s employment can be considered.

 

6.      Students who test positive for the HIV virus, or develop AIDS are expected to notify the Superintendent, and undertake to provide medical reports as required on the current status of the student's condition in order that any appropriate accommodation regarding the student’s personal and learning needs can be considered.

 

 

Reviewed:               December, 2011

Next Review by:      December, 2016

References

Legislative References:

 

School Act Section 60, 61

Ministerial Directive: HIV/AIDS in Educational Settings

 

Board Policy:

 

Policy 11 Delegation