ERIC Number: ED304745
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Feb-8
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AIDS: Education's New Dilemma.
Freeland, D. Kay; Faber, Charles F.
The acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) is an incurable, fatal disease that is caused by a virus that eventually destroys the body's immune system. While AIDS is contagious, the risk of contracting AIDS through casual contact is said to be negligible. A review of the court cases involving students with AIDS reveals that the precedent has been set--children with AIDS are being allowed to attend school. The national Center for Disease Control has recommended, and the courts have supported, that schools should establish a multidisciplinary team to study, on a case-by-case basis, the placement of students with AIDS. Placement decisions should be made by a team of persons who are knowledgeable about the child, and should be based on medical and educational data. The courts have recommended that the child's physician and public health personnel be included on this team. The school may place limitations on the activities in which a child with AIDS may participate and may also take steps to ensure that information about students with AIDS is kept confidential. All school districts must adopt routine procedures for the handling of blood or body fluids, bites, or bleeding injuries, regardless of whether students with AIDS are known to be in attendance. It is paramount that districts develop educational programs about AIDS that are effective so that students learn the facts. (MLF)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Guides - Non-Classroom
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Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
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