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507.03 Communicable Diseases – Student

The district shall allow students with communicable diseases to attend school provided their presence does not create a substantial risk of illness and/or transmission to other students or employees. “Communicable disease” shall mean an infectious or contagious disease spread from person to person, or animal to person, or as defined by law. The health risk to immunosuppressed students shall be determined by their personal physician(s). 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 public health officials.

Prevention and control of communicable diseases is included in the district’s bloodborne pathogens exposure control plan, which shall be reviewed annually by the superintendent/designee and designated school nurse(s).

The superintendent/designee shall develop administrative regulations for implementation of this policy.

The district operates under the direction of Iowa Department of Public Health and Polk County Health Department for procedures and practices with communicable diseases.

Click here for the Reporting Form for Communicable Diseases.

Legal Reference:
School Board of Nassau County v. Arline, 480 U.S. 273 (1987).
29 U.S.C. §§ 701 et seq..
45 C.F.R. Pt. 84.3
Iowa Code ch. 139A
641 I.A.C. 1.2-.5, 7.

Cross Reference:
406.50 Communicable Diseases
506.01 Student Records Access
507 Series Student Health and Well-Being

Approved:
September 21, 1987

Reviewed:
September 9, 2009
February 18, 2013
November 20, 2017
April 21, 2022

Revised:
December 21, 2009
February 18, 2013
November 20, 2017
May 16, 2022