The district is committed to providing quality educational services in a safe and healthy environment. The identification, management and reporting of disease in the public school setting is required to ensure the safety and welfare of students and staff, while also recognizing the rights and needs of the afflicted individual. The general policy of the board regarding communicable disease is coordinated with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Michigan Department of Public Health and the Oakland County Health Division (OCHD).
This policy applies to all staff members. A staff member, for purposes of this policy, is any person who works in a paid or unpaid capacity for the district. The exclusions and other restrictions do not apply to siblings or household members of infected persons unless they are also infected.
Common Communicable Diseases
It is the policy of the district to exclude and re-admit individuals experiencing the more common communicable diseases in a manner consistent with the recommendations of the OCHD Communicable Disease Reference Chart. Oakland County Health Division personnel will be contacted for consultation and clarification.
Less Common Communicable Diseases Without Carrier States*
The Oakland County Health Division will be contacted for consultation and recommendations concerning the exclusion and re-admittance of individuals experiencing less common communicable diseases without carrier states.
Less Common Communicable Diseases With Carrier States*
Communicable diseases that are less common and have a carrier state include, but are not limited to, AIDS, ARC, (AIDS Related Complex) and HIV infection. This includes people afflicted with AIDS as defined, for reporting purposes, as those who are diagnosed
by their physicians as having an illness due to infection with HIV, but who do not meet the case definition, and those who are asymptomatic, but have virologic or serologic evidence of infection with HIV. This also includes other diseases, such as Hepatitis B or Typhoid, that are transmitted by blood, other body fluids and products and which present potential health problems for those who come in contact with the disease.
In order to assure that both the rights of the individual and the rights of the school community are protected, each case involving a person experiencing a less common communicable disease with a carrier state, within the meaning of this section, will be determined on an individual basis by a review committee.
* The term “carrier state,” for purposes of this policy, is defined as a condition in which an individual is potentially capable of transmitting an infectious agent for a prolonged period of time, and remains asymptomatic.
LEGAL REF: MCL, 380.1261; 380.1300