The School Board of Miami-Dade County
Bylaws & Policies
Unless a specific policy has been amended and the date the policy was revised is noted at the bottom of that policy, the Bylaws and Policies of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools were adopted on May 11, 2011 and were in effect beginning July 1, 2011.
 

8453 - DIRECT CONTACT COMMUNICABLE DISEASES

All persons within the school community should understand the method of transmission and prevention of diseases that are not contracted through air-borne pathogens, but rather, through direct contact with body fluids and excretions, especially blood, vomit, feces, or urine. The Board shall assure the confidential status of individuals who may have been diagnosed with a blood-borne communicable disease.

These diseases shall include:

 A.HIV (human immunodeficiency virus);

 B.AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome);

 C.AIDS related complex (condition);

 D.HAV, HBV, HCV (Hepatitis A, B, C);

 E.other diseases that may be specified by the State Department of Health as contact communicable diseases.

Individuals who have contracted these diseases may not exhibit symptoms for many years after exposure and may not be aware that they have contracted the disease. They are, however, able to transmit the disease to other individuals.

The Superintendent may develop programs for students and staff to understand the manner in which these diseases may be prevented and how they are transmitted. These programs should specify the risk factors involved, how to deal with those risks, and emphasize that these diseases are preventable if basic precautions are taken.

The fact that students or staff have contracted one (1) of these diseases will be confidential to the extent the law permits and the individuals’ civil rights will be respected. Staff members will have access to District leave policies and negotiated agreements, and opportunities for reasonable accommodation as described by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Should a student be unable to attend school as a result of illness, an alternative education program shall be provided in compliance with Board policy and administrative procedures governing homebound instruction.

F.S. 1001.41, 1006.07