In order to safeguard the school community from the spread of certain communicable diseases the superintendent will implement procedures assuring that all school buildings are in compliance with State Board of Health rules and regulations regarding the presence of persons who have or have been exposed to infectious diseases deemed dangerous to the public health. Such procedures will also prescribe the steps that will be taken to remove the danger to others.
The district will require that the parents or guardian complete a medical history form at the beginning of each school year. The nurse may use such reports to advise the parent of the need for further medical attention and to plan for potential health problems in school.
The board authorizes the school principal to exclude a student who has been diagnosed by a health care provider or is suspected of having an infectious disease in accordance with the regulations within the most current Infectious Disease Control Guide, provided by the State Department of Health and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. The principal and/or school nurse will report the presence of suspected case or cases of reportable communicable disease to the appropriate local health authority as required by the State Board of Health. Such information concerning a student's present and past health condition will be treated as confidential. The principal will cooperate with the local health officials in the investigation of the source of the disease.
A school principal or designee has the authority to send an ill child home without the concurrence of the local health department, but if the disease is reportable, the local health officer must be notified. The local health department is the primary resource in the identification and control of infectious disease in community and school. The local health department, in consultation with the superintendent or designee can take whatever action deemed necessary to control or eliminate the spread of disease, including closing a school.
|Legal References:||Chapter 70.02 RCW||Medical records — health care information access and disclosure|
|Chapter 246-110 WAC||Contagious diseases --School districts and day care centers|
|RCW 28A.210.010||Contagious diseases, limiting contact — Rules|
Adoption Date: 04.10.95
Clover Park School District
Revised: 09.10.12; 12.08.14