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Districts can contract with SCSBA to post and update their board policy manuals on their own web sites through the Policies Online program.
HIV/AIDS - Policy issues
Comprehensive HIV policies are guided by statute and should address the following topics.
reduction of the risk of HIV transmission for students and staff at school (including standard/universal precautions for infection control)
school attendance by students who are living with HIV
needs of students who have family members living with HIV
quality and effectiveness of HIV prevention education for youth
employment of staff who are living with HIV
protection of HIV-infected students and staff from discrimination
confidentiality rights of HIV-infected students and staff
The presence of a person living with HIV infection or diagnosed with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) poses no significant risk to others in school, daycare or school athletic settings.
Local district action required: These revised model policies incorporate recommendations and language from the model policy of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) as provided in their publication, "Someone at School Has AIDS", as well as input from the South Carolina Department of Education. SCSBA recommends that boards update any policies dealing with HIV/AIDS and communicable diseases to reflect these changes.
Policy reference: EBBA (Prevention of Disease/Infection Transmission), GBGA (Staff Health), IHAM (Health Education), JLCC (Communicable/Infectious Diseases). Models are available on the SCSBA website.
Please contact Delores Pluto at the South Carolina Department of Education DPluto@ed.sc.gov or (803-734-7829) concerning communicable disease issues. Toya Hampton Green at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-326-3679 if you have policy questions.