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406.50 Communicable Diseases

Employees with a communicable disease will be allowed to perform their customary employment duties, provided they are able to perform the essential functions of their position and their presence in a District facility does not create a risk of illness or transmission others in that facility.

No person shall be asked or required as a condition of employment to take a test for the presence of the antibody to the human immunodeficiency virus, and no person shall have his/her terms, conditions, or privileges of employment affected solely because the employee had such a test.

Employees identified as having reasonably anticipated contact with blood or infectious materials will receive the Hepatitis B vaccine or sign a written waiver stating that they will not take the vaccine.

The health risk of a communicable disease to an individual employee shall be determined by the employee’s personal physician.

The Superintendent/designee will collaborate with public health and District officials, as permitted by law, to determine the health risk, if any, posed to others in the District from the presence of an employee with a communicable disease. The team will consider the risk of transmission of a communicable disease and the danger to the person of infection. The District will follow all applicable law and policy if an employee with a communicable disease requires a reasonable accommodation to perform the essential functions of his/her job.

A District employee with a communicable disease that creates a substantial risk of harm to others at the workplace shall report the condition to the Superintendent/designee any time the employee is aware that the disease actively creates such risk. Employees with communicable diseases may be excluded from school and/or school assignments for the period of time that their conditions endanger the health or safety of others or during such period as they are physically unable to perform assigned tasks.

Upon learning of a communicable disease that requires reporting, the Superintendent/designee will make a report to the appropriate public health authorities.

The Superintendent/designee will ensure development and annual review of a District-wide exposure control plan to minimize District occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogen exposure control plan aligned with law. Prevention and control of communicable diseases shall be included in this plan.

In handling body fluids, personnel will follow universal precautions in accordance with administrative guidelines.

Cross Reference:
406 Series Employees’ Health and Well-Being

Adopted:
October 9, 1989

Reviewed:
June 17, 2002
November 15, 2010
August 17, 2015
November 16, 2020

Revised:
June 17, 2002
August 17, 2015
November 16, 2020