ERIC Number: ED262553
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-May
Reference Count: 0
Infectious Disease and the Public Schools.
Crosson, James E.
The paper examines policy options for schools regarding appropriate services for children with highly communicable, potentially life threatening diseases such as Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and Herpes. Briefly considered are the school's legal responsibility, implied risk and inability, and actual risk and its control. General recommendations for management of all infectious diseases are offered. Specific recommendations are given for control of AIDS transmission, Hepatitis-B transmission, Herpes transmission, and Cytamegalovirus transmission. Also discussed are the public relations aspects of infectious disease in the public schools, and cost considerations, especially legal costs and liability insurance. It is concluded that the greatest risk at the present time is the potential for legal action on the part of school employees and parents of susceptible children. Schools are encouraged to implement procedures and face the associated risks in the interest of assuring each child's right to an education. (DB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Drake Univ., Des Moines, IA.; Mountain Plains Regional Resource Center, Des Moines, IA.