EMPLOYEES WITH HIV-RELATED ILLNESS
The Board of Education recognizes the public concern over the health issues surrounding Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection (HIV). The Board also recognizes, based upon the current state of medical knowledge, that the virus associated with AIDS is not easily transmitted and there is no evidence that AIDS or the HIV virus can be transmitted by casual social contact in the open school setting.
The Board acknowledges the interests of employees diagnosed as having AIDS or HIV infection in continuing their employment, as well as the interests of all students and employees of the school district to learn and work without being subjected to significant risks to their health. The Board also takes notice that under current law and regulations the disclosure of confidential AIDS and/or HIV-related information must be strictly limited.
Accordingly, it is the policy of the Board of Education that no district employee shall be prevented from continuing his or her employment solely on the basis of such information.
In accordance with current law and regulations, it is also the policy of the Board to prevent any employee from being subjected to adverse or discriminatory treatment or stigma solely because he or she has been diagnosed as having AIDS or being HIV-infected.
The Superintendent of Schools is hereby directed to develop administrative regulations in regard to avoiding employment discrimination against individuals diagnosed as having AIDS or being HIV-infected.
The Superintendent also shall implement, and all school personnel shall comply with, guidelines and routine sanitary hygiene procedures for dealing with all spills of blood and other body fluids in or on school premises and grounds. The Superintendent should consult public health officials, as appropriate, for the most current methods and information pertaining to such procedures.
Ref: Public Health Law, Article 27-F
NY Executive Law §296
US Rehabilitation Act §504
10 NYCRR Part 63
29 CFR §1910.1030 (proposed)
Arline v School Board of Nassau County, 692 F Supp 1286 (MD Fla.,1988)
School Board of Nassau County v Arline, 480 US 273 (1987)
Adoption date: January 1, 1993
Reviewed on: February 10, 2004