EMPLOYEES WITH INFECTIOUS DISEASE
The Governing Board encourages each employee to inform the District as soon as possible if he/she contracts an infectious disease that creates a physical or mental disability. The Board will reasonably accommodate the needs of such individuals.
The Board may reassign or grant disability leave to an employee who is unable to perform his/her job responsibilities because of illness or because the employee’s illness significantly endangers his/her health or safety or the health or safety of others.
No employee will be discriminated against because of his/her disability. Legal protections established for disabled persons extend to individuals significantly impaired by infectious diseases.
When informed that an employee has a disabling infectious disease, the Superintendent or designee may request that the employee sign a release form to provide confidential medical information and records.
In determining a reasonable accommodation of the employee’s condition, the Superintendent or designee may consult with public health officials or physicians with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of infectious disease. The Superintendent or designee may also communicate with the employee’s physician regarding the employee’s ability to perform the essential requirements of the job with reasonable accommodation and without posing significant health or safety risks to the employee or others.
The Superintendent or designee shall prepare a confidential report that includes his/her recommendation and the medical information upon which it is based. These recommendations shall take into consideration:
- the nature of the disease and the probability of its being transmitted, including the duration and severity of the risk;
- the physical condition of the employee, including diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of the condition;
- the actual requirements of the employee’s job and the expected type of interaction with others in the school setting.
This report shall be forwarded to the Board for confidential review and action.
The job assignment of an employee with a disabling infectious disease shall be reevaluated whenever there is a change in medical knowledge or in the employee’s medical regiment or health that might affect his/her assignment.
The Board and the Superintendent or designee shall ensure that employee rights to confidentiality are strictly observed. The District shall disclose medical record information only to the extent required or permitted by law. The medical records of any employee with a disabling infectious disease shall be held in strict confidence.
56-56.37 Confidentiality of medical information
12900-12996 Fair Employment and Housing Act
Health and Safety Code
120975-121020 Mandated blood testing and confidentiality to protect public health
Code of Regulations, Title 2
7293.5 et seq.
United States Code, Title 29
701 et seq. Rehabilitation Act
United States Code, Title 42
12101-12213 Americans with Disabilities Act
First Reading: 12/5/00
Governing Board Adoption: 1/17/01