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5693 - Exposure Control Program, Communicable Diseases Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Related Illnesses

Policy: Exposure Control Program, Communicable Diseases Human
Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Related Illnesses
Policy Number: 5693
Date of Original Policy: 06/18/2014 Date Revision Adopted: 07/08/2020
Reviewed by Policy Committee: 06/17/2020 Date of Next Review: 01/25/2023
Replacement of Policy Number: 5690, 5691 and 5692  

Exposure Control Program

The District shall establish an exposure control program designed to prevent and control exposure to blood borne pathogens.  According to the New York State Department of Labor’s Division of Safety and Health and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards, the program shall consist of:
a)    Guidelines for maintaining a safe, healthy school environment to be followed by staff and students alike.
b)    Written standard operating procedures for blood/body fluid cleanup
c)    Appropriate staff education and training
d)    Evaluation of training objectives
e)    Documentation of training and any incident of exposure to blood/body fluids
f)    A program of medical management to prevent or reduce the risk of pathogens, specifically hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV
g)    Written procedures for the disposal of medical waste.
h)    Provision of protective materials and equipment for all employees who perform job-related tasks involving exposure to potential exposure to blood, body fluids or tissues.

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Related Illnesses         
The Board of Education contends that a student shall not be denied the right to attend school or continue his/her education nor shall an employee be denied the right to continue his/her employment who has been diagnosed or identified as having a positive blood test for the antibodies to the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). The Board further contends that under current law and regulations, the disclosure of confidential HIV-related information shall be strictly limited.

Administrative regulations and procedures shall be developed and implemented by the administration based on recommendations from the New York State Education Department and from consultation with appropriate professional and medical staff in the District.

The Superintendent shall also establish protocols for routine sanitary procedures for dealing with the cleaning and handling of body fluids in school, with special emphasis placed on staff awareness.

Communicable Diseases                

Regulations and procedures will be developed for dealing with communicable diseases in a way that protects the health of both students and staff while minimizing the disruption of the educational process.

29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1910.10:30
Confidentiality: Public Health Law, Article 27-F

Superintendent: James R. Froio
Phone: 315.689.8500
Address: 9 N. Chappell St., PO Box 902 | Jordan, NY 13080