School District 25 Policy
Adopted: March 27, 2012
The District is committed to providing and maintaining a safe and healthful environment for all students and employees. The School District will follow American Public Health Association (APHA) guidelines and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations, Wyoming Department of Health, Wyoming State statutes and current nursing protocols regarding infectious and communicable diseases.
Because medical knowledge about infectious diseases is continually growing, this policy and related regulations will be reviewed and updated as necessary. Since infected individuals are not required to identify themselves, it is possible for infected students or employees to remain anonymous. Therefore, employees and students are advised to consider the blood and other body fluids of all people as potentially infectious and follow the most current Centers for Disease Control "Universal Precautions for Prevention of Transmission of Human Immunodeficiency Virus, Hepatitis B Virus, and Other Bloodborne Pathogens in Health-Care Settings."
Upon initial employment and prior to reporting for duty, high-risk certified personnel shall submit to the Superintendent a TB Skin Test report. The District defines high-risk personnel as nurses, building secretaries that act as backup for nurses. These staff members will be tested for TB upon initial hiring; the cost will be reimbursable by the District. These staff members will also be required to complete an annual Risk Assessment through Fremont County Health Department prior to August 31 of each year.
This policy also includes new hires that were foreign born in areas that have a high TB incidence or new hires that had an extended stay over a period of years in an endemic country (i.e. Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Russia). These staff members will be tested for TB upon initial hiring; the cost will be reimbursable by the District. These staff members will also be required to complete an annual Risk Assessment through Fremont County Health Department prior to August 31 of each year.
If such TB Skin Test is positive, a chest x-ray or a physician's exemption shall be supplied at the employee's expense.
In the event that the physical condition of any employee is found or suspected to have a detrimental effect upon his/ her performance, or the welfare of other District employees or students, a physical examination may be required by the Board and shall be at the expense of the employee.
Any employee whose health or medical condition poses any threat to the health and welfare of the school population may be placed on medical leave for the duration of such time that the employee poses a health risk, irrespective of the employees' ability to otherwise discharge his or her job duties. In the event said employee desires to contest the necessity of a medical leave, the employee may do so through the grievance procedures of the District.
Through its overall safety program and various policies pertaining to school personnel, the Board will seek to assure the safety of the school populations.
The Board will maintain safe working conditions for employees and it will expect employees to follow all established safety rules and regulations.