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COMMUNICABLE DISEASES AND LONG-TERM ILLNESSES

Policy Number: 
Board File: JLCC

By law, the District is required to make educational services available to all children who are residents of the District.  However, admission to school may be denied to a child suffering from a disease whereby his or her attendance is inimical to the welfare of other pupils.  This would include any disease, infectious condition, or illness which may reasonably be considered to pose an unacceptable risk of being communicated to others. Parents  are  requested  to  notify  the  school  principal  if  their  child  contracts  a communicable disease, infectious condition, or illness and to keep any child temporarily affected thereby out of school until the condition is no longer communicable or until he or she has fully recovered.

A child suffering from a long-term physical illness by which he or she is unable to receive reasonable benefit from the ordinary educational program may be determined to be a child with disabilities under state and federal law.

Any child determined to have a long-term illness, disease, or infectious condition that is known or reasonably suspected to be communicable, shall be evaluated, staffed, and placed in an appropriate educational program in accordance with applicable law.  When appropriate, the Colorado Department of Health may be requested to become involved.

Neither this policy nor the placement of a child in any particular program shall preclude the District administration from taking any temporary actions, including removal from the classroom, as deemed necessary to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the child or others.
 

Adopted:  April 15, 1986
Revised: October 15, 2002
 

LEGAL REFS.:
C.R.S. 22-32-110(1)(bb) C.R.S. 22-33-106(2)(b)
C.R.S. 22-20-101 et seq.

20 U.S.C. 1400 et seq. (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act)
29 U.S.C. 794 (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973)
 

CROSS REF.:
JFAC, Grounds for Denial of Admission