The District is required to provide educational services to all school age children who reside within its boundaries. By law, however, admissions to school may be denied to any child diagnosed as having a disease whereby attendance could be harmful to the welfare of other students and staff, subject to the District’s responsibilities under the law.
The School Committee recognizes that communicable diseases which may afflict students range from common childhood diseases, acute and short-term in nature, to chronic, life-threatening diseases.
In the event a student with a life-threatening communicable disease qualifies for services as a student with a disabilityunder state and federal law, the procedures for determining the appropriate educational placement in the least restrictive environment shall be used.
Management of common communicable diseases shall be in accordance with Massachusetts Department of Public Health guidelines. A student who exhibits symptoms of a communicable disease may be temporarily excluded from school attendance. The District reserves the right to require a physician’s statement authorizing the student’s return to school.
In all proceedings related to this policy, the District shall respect the student’s right to privacy. Only those persons with a direct need to know shall be informed of the specific nature of the student’s condition. The Superintendent and Nurse Leader shall make the determination of those who need to know.
[Revised: September 2003]
[Revised: June 2015]