Students with HIV, ARC (AIDS Related Complex) or AIDS
There is no evidence to support the notion that the HIV virus can be transmitted through ordinary school or household activities, e.g., coughing, sneezing, hugging, sharing of utensils or food, or shaking hands.
The anonymity of individuals with HIV infection or AIDS is protected by law. Moreover, individuals with HIV infection or AIDS are protected from discrimination by both federal and state laws. Neither attendance at school nor employment may be denied to an individual with HIV infection or AIDS. It is the policy of the District that no student or staff member with HIV infection or AIDS may be prohibited from attending school/ employment unless there is an immediate risk of injury or harm to the individual or to others.
Because the diagnosis of HIV infection or AIDS is a confidential matter between the individual student and his or her physician, the District may be unaware of the diagnosis. Consequently, the school district has implemented a procedure of 'universal precautions' which protects all students and staff from contact with blood and body fluids of others.
Legal Reference: Connecticut General Statutes:
10-154a Professional communications
between teacher or nurse and student
10-207 Duties of medical advisors
10-209 Records not to be public
10-210 Notice of disease to be given
parent or guardian
19a-221 Quarantine of certain persons
19a-581-585 AIDS testing and medical
20 U.S.C. 7906, No Child Left Behind Act
Adopted: March 21, 1988
Reviewed: June 4, 1996
Revised: December 2, 2008