ERIC Number: ED320232
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
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The Arcadia Question: Public Relations in the Post-AIDS Era.
Aquila, Frank D.
Within the next 3 years, every school district in the country is likely to deal with a new and frightening challenge--dealing with the presence of students or staff members with HIV infection or AIDS. How schools respond to this challenge may well determine the future of U.S. education. Some communities may react with ignorance and fear, just as the community in Arcadia, Florida did when confronted with the three hemophiliac sons of Clifford and Louise Ray. What can school districts do to ensure that their communities will not react in such an unenlightened fashion? Clearly, educational efforts directed mainly at prevention will no longer be sufficient. Public relations and staff education efforts must be comprehensive and must be initiated as soon as possible. Instructors, as well as students, need to be educated about any possible risks presented by the presence of an HIV-infected student or coworker. This education must be accessible, sensitive to the sensibilities of the participants, engaging, cost efficient, and conducive to active dialogue. Cleveland State University has developed a series of instructional video cassettes and supplemental manuals whose use is encouraged in such an educational effort. (RJS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Associaiton of School Administrators (121st, Orlando, FL, March 3-6, 1989).