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507.3 Communicable Diseases

Students with a communicable disease will be allowed to attend school provided their presence does not create a substantial risk of illness or transmission to other students or employees. The term “communicable disease” shall mean an infectious or contagious disease spread from person to person, or animal to person, or as defined by law.


Prevention and control of communicable diseases shall be included in the school district’s blood borne pathogens exposure control plan. The procedures shall include scope and application, definitions, exposure control, methods of compliance, universal precautions, vaccination, post-exposure evaluation, follow-up, communication of hazards to employees and record keeping. This plan shall be reviewed annually by the superintendent and school nurse.


The health risk to immunodepressed students shall be determined by their personal physician. The health risk to others in the school district environment from the presence of a student with a communicable disease shall be determined on a case-by-case basis by the student’s personal physician, a physician chosen by the school district or public health officials.


A student who is at school and who has a communicable disease which creates a substantial risk of harm to other students, employees, or others at school shall report the condition to the superintendent or school nurse any time the student is aware that the disease creates such risk. It shall be the responsibility of the district, when the superintendent or school nurse, upon investigation, has knowledge that a reportable communicable disease is present, to notify the Iowa Department of Public Health. Health data of a student is confidential and it shall not be disclosed to third parties, except in cases of reportable communicable diseases.


It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the school nurse, to develop administrative regulations stating the procedures for dealing with students with a communicable disease.


Legal Reference:        School Board of Nassau County v. Arline, 480 U.S. 273 (1987).

                                    29 U.S.C. §§ 701 et seq (1988).

                                    45 C.F.R. Pt. 84.3 (1993).

                                    Iowa Code ch. 139.

                                    641 I.A.C. 1.2-.5, 7.


Approved   02/26/91       Reviewed 12/19/2016      Revised 12/19/2016