ERIC Number: ED315236
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Educational Placement of the HIV-Infected Students in the Public Schools: Policy Considerations for Rural Educators.
Walls, Wemme E.
This paper focuses on new developments in medicine and in the courts that may have crucial implications for existing policies related to the educational placement of the HIV-infected student. Salient medical and legal aspects related to the educational placement and school attendance of HIV-infected children are reviewed. Recommendations for policy-making are discussed including: establishing a resource network for disseminating and implementing new information; the awareness of pertinent state education, civil rights, and public health law; knowledge of existing public and educational policies at national, state, and local levels; and issues regarding the infected child's right to confidentiality. Considerations related to the unique aspects of the rural setting are reviewed. The paper also reviews results of a research study that includes: (1) medical evidence supporting decision-making policies on admission or exclusion of HIV-infected students in the public schools; (2) an examination of state anti-discrimination laws, state special education laws, state communicable disease laws, and state and selected local policy statements in 16 states; (3) an analysis of the relevant legal issues of the Education of the Handicapped Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and constitutional issues pertinent to educational placement of HIV-infected children; and (4) case law "in point" or "analogous" to the issues addressed. (TES)
Descriptors: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Adolescents, Children, Communicable Diseases, Confidentiality, Disclosure, Disease Control, Elementary Secondary Education, Health Education, Laws, Policy Formation, Public Policy, Public Schools, Rural Education, Social Discrimination, Student Placement, Student Rights
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education of the Handicapped Act 1970; Rehabilitation Act 1973 (Section 504)