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5:40 GENERAL PERSONNEL - Communicable and Chronic Infectious Disease

The purposes of this policy are:  (1) to address potentially severe community health problems, and (2) to balance the interest of an employee with a communicable disease in continuing to work and the interest of other students and employees not to be subjected to an unreasonable risk of contracting a communicable disease from the employee.

The Superintendent shall develop and implement procedures for dealing with known or suspected cases of a communicable and chronic infectious disease involving a District employee consistent with State and federal law, rules of the Illinois Department of Public Health, and Board of Education policies.

An employee with a communicable or chronic infectious disease shall be evaluated by the District's appropriate medical team.  The employee's medical records shall be held in strictest confidence by the Team, except to the extent allowed by law. 

Employees with a communicable or chronic infectious disease will be permitted to retain their positions whenever, after reasonable accommodations and without undue hardship, there is no substantial risk of transmission of the disease to others, provided an employee is able to continue to perform the position's essential functions.  Employees who cannot retain their positions shall remain subject to the Board's employment policies including sick leave, physical examinations, temporary and permanent disability, and termination.  Determining whether an employee with a communicable or chronic infectious disease may retain his or her position will be made in accordance with established procedures.

The recommendation of whether the employee's placement is appropriate shall be made on a case-by-case basis by the District's Communicable and Chronic Infectious Disease Review Team.

LEGAL REF.:  Americans With Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. §12101 et seq.; 29 C.F.R. §1630.1 et seq.
Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. §791; 34 C.F.R. §104.1 et seq.
Department of Public Health Act, 20 ILCS 2305/6.
105 ILCS 5/24-5.
Personnel Record Review Act, 820 ILCS 40/.
Control of Communicable Diseases, 77 Ill.Admin.Code Part 690.

CROSS REF.:  2:150 (Committees), 5:30 (Hiring Process and Criteria), 5:180 (Temporary Illness or Temporary Incapacity)

ADOPTED:  November 22, 2004

REVISED:  June 27, 2011