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Series 5000 - Students

5141.22 - 1. Elementary and Secondary - D. Welfare - (1) School Medical Advisor - (b) Illness - (iv) Communicable and Infectious Diseases
Posted 01/01/2011 09:00AM


Series 5000 - Students

1.   Elementary and Secondary

D.  Welfare

(1)  School Medical Advisor

(b) Illness

(iv) Communicable and Infectious Diseases

The Suffield Board of Education recognizes that all children have a constitutional right to a free, suitable program of educational experiences.  The Board of Education has established reasonable health requirements as prerequisites to admission or attendance, including the requirement that students undergo physical examination prior to admission.

Where it can be medically established that a student suffers from a serious infectious disease and there is a significant risk of transmission of the disease to others because of the nature of the disease or the personal characteristics of the student carrier, it may be appropriate to exclude the student from the regular classroom.  The determination of exclusion of any student will be made on a case by case basis with appropriate procedural due process safeguards.  However, where the risk of transmission is relatively low or appropriate procedures can be adopted to reduce the risk of transmission, exclusion is not warranted.

A child with an infectious disease may be considered handicapped, if the condition presents such physical impairment that limits one or more major life activities.   Therefore, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the “Education of All Handicapped Children Act” may apply.  The parent, guardian or the school administration may make a referral for determination whether the student is handicapped and entitled to protection under Section 504.  The Planning and Placement Team will determine whether the student is handicapped or is “otherwise qualified” within the meaning of Section 504.  All students should be educated in the last restrictive environment.

The District will include, as part of its emergency procedure plan, a description of the actions to be taken by District personnel in case of pandemic flu outbreak or other catastrophe that disrupts District operations.

(cf 5111 Admission/Placement)
(cf. 5142 Student Safety)

Legal Reference:

“Education for Children with Disabilities”, 20 U.S.C., 1400, et seq.
Section 505 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. 706(7) (b) “Americans with Disability Act”
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, (FERPA), 20 U.S.C. 1232g, 45 C.F.R. 99
 Connecticut General Statutes
10-76(d) (15) Duties and powers of boards of education to provide special education programs and services.
10-154a Professional communications between teacher or nurse and student
10-207 Duties of medical advisors
10-209 Records not to be public
10-210 Quarantine of certain persons
19-a-581 AIDS testing and medical information


Policy Adopted: October 6, 1981 SUFFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Policy Revised:

July 14, 2009

Suffield, Connecticut

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