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428 – Employee Health: Communicable Diseases

Assignments. It is the policy of the Board of Directors that an employee of the District with a communicable disease be allowed to attend to regularly assigned duties as long as the employee is physically able to perform the essential functions of the assignment and as long as the employee’s assignment does not create a substantial health or safety risk to others in the District.

Evaluation. Each case shall be evaluated on its own merits. The Superintendent or the Superintendent’s designee may consult with the employee’s personal physician, with the Iowa State Department of Health, with personnel from the United StatesPublic HealthCenter for Disease Control, and with other appropriate agencies and persons in making decisions regarding an employee’s placement. The Superintendent may require an employee to provide medical evidence of fitness to perform the tasks assigned.

Confidentiality. Data and records regarding communicable diseases shall be maintained separately from general personnel files and so as to protect the privacy of the employee. This shall not be construed to prevent appropriate administrative and nursing staff from being informed of which employee has a communicable disease. All records indicating that an employee is infected with a communicable disease shall be maintained in the Superintendent’s office.

Exclusion. An employee who is at work and who has a communicable disease which creates a substantial risk to others at the workplace should report the condition to the Superintendent. Employees with communicable diseases may be excluded from school and/or school assignments for the period of time that their conditions endanger the health or safety of others or during such period as they are physically unable to perform assigned tasks.

No HIV Test Requirement. No person shall be asked or required as a condition of employment to take a test for the presence of the antibody to the human immunodeficiency virus, and no person shall have his/her terms, conditions, or privileges of employment affected solely because the employee had such a test.

Hygiene. All staff members should practice hygienic principles designed to protect themselves and others from infection.

Date of Revision: April 26, 1999

Legal References: Chapter 139, 141.10, 216.6(1)(d) Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. 12.3(7), 12.4(14); 282 I.A.C. 12.3(3)(d), 13.13(1)


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