ERIC Number: ED290204
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr-3
AIDS: Is Any Risk Too Great? The 1987 Perspective.
This report discusses public school legal liability in the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) controversy with regard to the right of privacy of AIDS victims who are students and employees and the concern of risk of contagion to other students and employees and the public's right to know what is going on in their schools. Several steps that can protect local districts from tort claims and ideas for respecting the privacy rights of carriers in a manner that accords them optimal legal and medical protections are given. A sex education curriculum with a heavy emphasis on the prevention of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases at the lowest grade possible as part of any health and hygiene program is advocated, along with extending handicap discrimination protections to AIDS victims. Pointing out the disease's increasing danger to staff and students alike and the urgency of public school information activities and reform regarding AIDS and AIDS victims, this report identifies its target populations, among whom are 8,000 children. Significant court cases are reviewed and used in support of these positions. (JAM)
Descriptors: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Civil Liberties, Confidential Records, Confidentiality, Court Litigation, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Eligibility, Health Education, Health Insurance, Insurance, Legal Responsibility, Privacy, Public Schools, School Law, Sex Education, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Torts
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners; Students
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Council of School Attorneys' School Law Seminar (San Francisco, CA, April 3, 1987).