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Glenbard Township High School District 87
Policy 7:280-R1

Students

Administrative Procedure – Managing Students with Communicable or Infectious Diseases

If a student's communicable or infectious disease affects his or her ability to participate in the District's educational programs, he or she shall be treated as a disabled person under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, unless the student has already qualified for and is receiving services through an IEP under the individuals with Disabilities in Education Act. For students with an IEP, provisions outlined in Administrative Procedure 6:120-R1, Special Education Procedures Assuring the Implementation of Comprehensive Programming for Children with Disabilities, must be followed and they will control whenever there is a conflict with these procedures.

Rules and guidance from the ISBE and IDPH should be consulted and supersede these procedures. Guidance documents and important information include:

1.  Communicable Disease Guide, revised 2002, available at:

2.  Management of chronic Infectious Diseases in Schoolchildren, revised in 2003 by ISBE and IDPH, available at:

3.  The Department of Public Health Powers and Duties Law of the civil Administrative Code of Illinois and the Department of Professional Regulation Law of the Civil Administrative Code both expanded the statutory authority of the governor and the IDPH to respond to significant threats to the public health.

Managing Students with Communicable or Infectious Diseases


Actor
Action
Parent(s)/Guardian(s)
Notifies the Building Principal where their child is enrolled if their child has a communicable or infectious disease. A communicable or infectious disease includes Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), AIDS-Related Complex (ARC), and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).
Building Principal or designee
Upon having knowledge of a known or suspected case or carrier of a communicable disease:

a.  Notifies the local health authority as required by 77 Ill.Admin.Code §690.200. The local health authority is a full-time official health department, as recognized by the Department of Public Health, having jurisdiction over a particular area, including city, village, township, and count boards of health. If there is not a local health authority recognized by the Department, the local health authority is the Department (77 Ill.Admin.Code §690.200). Note: The Communicable Disease Report Act, 745 ILCS 45, grants immunity form slander or libel to persons who in good faith make such reports.

b.  Follows directions for temporarily excluding a student from school according to the local health authority direction and 77 Ill.Admin.Code §690.

Keeps the school open where a student with a communicable disease attended, except in the event of an emergency - 77 Ill.Admin.Code §690.1000(c)(1).
District Staff
Observes all rules of the IDPH regarding communicable and chronic infectious disease. See the Legal References for a list of these rules.

Collects and maintains the student's medical information in a manner that ensures the strictest confidentiality and in accordance with federal and State laws regarding student records.
Superintendent or designee
Confirms that all required and appropriate notices are made.

Convenes the Communicable and Chronic Infectious Disease Review Team.  This Superintendent committee is composed of the District's medical advisor, a school nurse, the Building Principal, and the Superintendent or designee.
Communicable and Chronic Infectious Disease Review Team
Arranges a meeting with the student's parent(s)/guardian(s), personal physician, local health authorities, as well as persons with knowledge of the placement options available. The purpose of the meeting is to:

a.  Determine when an excluded student will return to school. This determination shall be based on whether the student poses a high risk of transmission of a communicable and chronic infectious disease to other students and staff. A student suspected of being infected with a disease for which isolation is required shall be refused admittance while acute symptoms are present (77 Ill.Admin.Code §690.1000).

b.  Perform a pre-placement evaluation (34 C.F.R. §104.35).

c.  Make a placement decision based on the pre-placement evaluation. The placement decision shall include any needed related services (34 C.F.R. §104.35).

d.  If there is a reason to believe that the student may have a disability requiring special education and related services, the child shall be referred for a special education evaluation.  Referrals may also be made, at any time, by any concerned person, including but not limited to School District personnel, the child's parent(s)/guardian(s), a community service agency employee, a professional having knowledge of a child's problems, a child, or an ISBE employee (23 Ill.Admin.Code §226.110).

Reports the meeting results to the Superintendent.
Superintendent or designee
Notifies the student's parent(s)/guardian(s) when an excluded student can return to school and of the placement decision. If the student will not attend school, every reasonable effort shall be made to provide the student with an adequate alternative education. State regulations and school policy regarding homebound instruction shall apply.
Communicable and Chronic Infectious Disease Review Team
At least annually while a student has a contagious or infectious disease, arranges a meeting with the student's parent(s)/guardian(s), personal physician, local health authorities, as well as persons with knowledge of the placement options available, to review the student's education placement and the provision of related services.

Managing a Student with a Communicable or Infectious Disease Who Demonstrates Behavior that Could Result in Infecting Other Students or Staff Members


Actor
Action
Parent(s)/Guardian(s) or any staff member
Notifies the Building Principal if a student with a communicable or infectious disease shows a lack of control of bodily secretions, has open sores that cannot be covered, or demonstrates behavior (e.g. biting) that could result in direct inoculation of potentially infected body fluids into the bloodstream.
Building Principal
Immediately notifies the Superintendent of the above.
Superintendent or designee
Upon being notified that a student is demonstrating behavior that could spread his or her disease, convenes the Communicable and Chronic Infectious Disease Review Team.

If appropriate, notifies parents of students of possible exposure if their student may have been exposed to a communicable or infectious disease due to behaviors exhibited by a student having such a disease.
Communicable and Chronic Infectious Disease Review Team
Arranges a meeting with the student's parent(s)/guardian(s), personal physician, local health authorities, as well as persons with knowledge of the placement options available.  The purpose of this meeting is to:

a.  Determine whether the student's temporary removal from the classroom is appropriate because the student poses a high risk of transmitting a communicable and chronic infectious disease or whether another response exists to reduce the risk of transmission.  A student suspected of being infected with a disease for which isolation is required shall be refused admittance while acute symptoms are present (77 Ill.Admin.Code §690.1000).

b.  Perform a pre-placement evaluation if the student will continue to attend school (34 C.F.R. §104.35).

c.  Make a placement decision based on the pre-placement evaluation.  The placement decision shall include any needed related services (34 C.F.R. §104.35).  If the student will continue to attend school, determine the student's appropriate educational placement.  The team shall also determine if the student needs related services or placement outside the regular classroom.

Reports the meeting's results to the Superintendent.
Superintendent or designee
Notifies the student's parent(s)/guardian(s) whether the student will attend school.  If the student will not attend school or participate in school activities with other students, every reasonable effort shall be made to provide the student with an adequate alternative education; however, an individual student's IEP will control.  State regulations and school policy regarding homebound instruction apply.
Communicable and Chronic Infectious Disease Review Team
At least once a month while a student is removed from normal school attendance, arranges a meeting with the student's parent(s)/guardian(s), personal physician, local health authorities, as well as persons with knowledge of the placement options available, to review the removal and to determine whether the condition precipitating the removal has changed.

General Post-Evaluation Procedures


Actor
Action
Parent(s)/Guardian(s)
May appeal their child's exclusion from school or educational placement to the School Board within 10 days of being notified of the action.
Parent(s)/Guardian(s)
When their child returns to school after an absence due to a communicable and chronic disease, present a certificate from a physician licensed in Illinois stating that the child qualifies for re-admission to school under the rules of the IDPH that regulate periods of incubation, communicability, quarantine, and reporting.



LEGAL REF.:   
105 ILCS 5/10-21.11 and 5/50-1 et seq.
410 ILCS 315/2a.
23 Ill.Admin.Code Part 226.
77 Ill.Admin.Code Parts 665, 690, 693, 695, 696, and 697.
34 C.F.R. §§ 104.34 and 104.35.
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, 42 U.S.C. §12101 et seq.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), 20 U.S.C. §1232g.
Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, 29 U.S.C. §701 et seq.
                      

DATED:           March, 1999
REVISED:       January, 26 2004
REVIEWED:   October 25, 2010
REVISED:       November 15, 2010
REVIEWED:   March 3, 2014
REVISED:       March 17, 2014