It is the policy of this District in compliance with Federal, State, and local laws and regulations:

  • to cooperate with State and Local public health agencies
  • to establish and maintain health standards for the school environment
  • to promote the good health of students and staff members
  • to educate students and staff members in disease prevention methods and sound health practices

In an effort to maintain a safe and healthful school environment the District will provide educational opportunities to students and staff regarding measures that can be taken to reduce the risk of contracting or transmitting communicable diseases at school and in school related activities.

The health department shall be notified immediately by the Principal/designee when the presence of a communicable disease is known or suspected in the school. In its compliance with public health reporting requirements regarding a suspected or confirmed communicable disease, the District will assure respect for the confidentiality of an individual’s and/or staff member’s health information and records in accordance with state and federal laws including HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).

The District Administrator may exclude students and staff from school and/or school related activities if they are suspected of or diagnosed as having a communicable disease that poses a significant health risk to others or that renders them unable to perform their jobs or pursue their studies. A student or staff member excluded from school pursuant to this policy may appeal their exclusion to the District Administrator.

Should the school be closed due to communicable disease, school closing days may be rescheduled at the discretion of the Board.

Legal Ref.: Wisconsin Statutes

Section 118.125 [Confidentiality/maintenance of student records]
Section 121.02(1)(i) [Safe and healthful facilities]
Section 146.81-146.83 [Patient health care records confidentiality]
Section 252.19 [Communicable diseases; protection of the public]
Section 252.21 [Reporting suspected communicable diseases]
Wisconsin Act 271 [Exposed school employees’ HIV test authority]
Wisconsin Administrative Code
HSS 145 [Communicable disease control]
ILHR 32 [Bloodborne pathogens plan requirement]

First Reading: August 4, 2009
Second Reading: August 18, 2009
Approved: August 18, 2009

For the Board of Education: Tom Steiner, President; Lynn Jaeger, Vice President; Cole Marshall, Clerk; Bill Barhyte, Treasurer; Sue Giovanni, Member