419P - Contagious, Infectious, and Transmittable Diseases

The attendance at school of students who suffer from blood-borne diseases that are infectious or contagious, such as acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and hepatitis B, and that may be transmitted by the exchange of body secretions, is determined by the superintendent on a case-by-case basis. The superintendent or the superintendent’s designee obtains the advice of the local health department to assist with the determination. The student may be excluded from school and school-related functions pending the superintendent's or the superintendent’s designee’s decision. The superintendent issues regulations setting forth the procedures to be followed to effectuate this policy.

The identity of a student who has tested positive for human immunodeficiency virus is confidential in accordance with law.

An alternative educational program is made available to any student whose removal pursuant to this policy is expected to result in a prolonged absence from school or where otherwise required by law.

Training in the use of universal precautions for handling blood is conducted periodically in accordance with state and federal law. Universal precautions for handling blood are implemented within the school setting and on buses in accordance with state and federal law.

Legal Reference(s):
Code of Virginia, Section(s) 22.1-271.3, 32.1-36.1, 32.1-45.2

Model Guidelines for School Attendance for Children with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (Attachment to Virginia Department of Education Superintendent’s Memo #32 (Feb. 13, 2004)).


Adopted: February 6, 1990
Amended: May 7, 2019