Communicable Disease - Student

Section J - Students

Policy Title: Communicable Disease - Student
Policy Code: JHCC

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The Governing Board of Tucson Unified School District recognizes the right of each student to an education. The Board also recognizes its obligations in protecting the health, safety, and welfare of all students and employees of the district. Therefore, the right of each student to receive an education by attending school shall be protected as long as that attendance does not jeopardize the health, safety, or welfare of the particular student, of other students, or of employees.

Immunization of Students

A student shall not be allowed to attend school without submitted documentary proof of immunizations to the school administrator unless the student is exempted from immunization pursuant to state law.

The District will cooperate with county and state health departments in programs of immunization. Parent permission will be secured before a student is permitted to participate in such immunization programs.

The District shall post on its website a link to the Arizona Department of Health's Arizona Immunization Website.

Communicable Diseases

Any student with, or recovering from, a communicable disease shall be excluded from school to protect his/her own welfare and to protect other students from illness until the period of contagion is passed or until a physician recommends a return, in accordance with state and county laws.

Schools shall forbid attendance by any students lacking proof of immunization or immunity against any of the immunization-preventable diseases as determined by the State Department of Health Services or local health department during periods of outbreaks of the diseases for which immunity is lacking. The announcement of an outbreak of disease and the length of the period of communicability shall be as declared by the state or local health department.

Parents will be requested to provide a history of the communicable diseases for each student and such records will be kept by the District.

Communicable Diseases (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome—human immunodeficiency virus)

The District will not exclude an infected student from school or school functions solely due to HIV infection.

Adopted: February 14, 2006
Reviewed: April 8, 2013 [Footer correction only – May 1, 2013]
Revised: October 20, 2015

LEGAL REF.: A.R.S. 15-871 School Immunization Definitions
15-872 Proof of Immunization
15-873 Exemptions; nonattendance during outbreak
15-874 Records; reporting requirements
A.A.C. R9-6-701 through R9-6-394

Cross Ref: JLCB - Immunizations of Students