Staff Health Evaluation
The district will not initially hire any person to work in any public school or kindergarten until that person has been appropriately evaluated for tuberculosis according to guidelines approved by the South Carolina Board of Health and Environmental Control. The district will not require re-evaluation for employment in consecutive years unless otherwise indicated by such guidelines.
Any person applying for a position in any of the district’s schools, including kindergarten, will, as a prerequisite to employment, secure a health certificate from a licensed physician certifying that such person does not have tuberculosis in an active stage.
The physician will make the aforesaid certificate on a form supplied by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
If the district has questions or concerns regarding the physical or mental capability of an employee, the district may require an appropriate health examination.
The board defines a chronic communicable disease as a persistent or recurring infection that may be transmitted to a susceptible person by contact with an infected individual. The National Centers for Disease Control will be the definitive authority on the identification and transmission of chronic communicable diseases.
It is not the policy of the district to automatically suspend employees with a chronic communicable disease. It is the policy of the district, however, to protect the health of members of the community by implementing a program of education, prevention and reporting with respect to chronic communicable diseases in cooperation with state and local public health agencies.
The district may reassign an employee with a chronic communicable disease to a position that limits student/employee contact. Alternatively, the district may place the employee on medical leave if medical judgment substantiates that said employee poses a significant health threat to students and/or other employees. The school board reserves the right to remove or exclude any employee whose physical condition would interfere with his/her ability to work or would expose other students or employees to infection.
Employees with AIDS or HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) should be under no work restrictions in the district, unless medical impairments exist which are so severe as to be a hazard for the employee, district students, or other employees. Such employees present no appreciable infection risk to others under normal school working conditions.
The district will make decisions regarding appropriate placement of employees known to school officials to have AIDS or HIV infection (upon adequate documentation from the employee’s physician) on a case-by-case basis.
When an employee has been removed or excluded as provided above, the school board may require a satisfactory certificate from one or more licenses physicians that the employee’s presence is no longer a risk to the employee or to others at school.
This district will notify other staff and students of the existence of a communicable disease in accordance with regulations and guidelines propounded by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
The district will not screen employees for AIDS or HIV infection as a condition for school employment. The identity of any employee with AIDS or HIV infection and any medical record for such an employee will be confidential.
The superintendent will be responsible for assuring that procedural safeguards are used when determining the employment status of employees with chronic communicable diseases.
Blood borne Pathogens
The district has prepared and implemented a model exposure-control plan for all employees. This plan includes appropriate training for all employees as well as universal precautions that all employees must take when dealing with blood and other bodily fluids. A copy of the plan is on file in the office of the school nurse.
Policy GBGA, Issue Date 6/00