EBAB--Possible Exposure to Viral Infections

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POSSIBLE EXPOSURE TO VIRAL INFECTIONS

 

 

Upon notification by a School Board employee who believes he/she has been involved in a possible exposure-prone incident which may have expos the employee to the blood or body fluids of a student, the superintendent shall contact the local health director who, upon immediate investigation of t incident, shall determine if a potentially harmful exposure has occurred and make recommendations based upon all information available to him/her, regarding how the employee can reduce any risks from such exposure.

 

 

The superintendent shall share these recommendations with the School Board employee.

 

 

The superintendent and the School Board employee shall not divulge any information provided by the local health director regarding the student involved except as described below. The information provided by the local health director shall be subject to any applicable confidentiality requirements forth in Va. Code § 32.1-35.

 

 

Whenever any School Board employee is directly exposed to body fluids of any person in a manner which may, according to the current guidelines the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, transmit human immunodeficiency virus or hepatitis B or C viruses, the person whose body fluids were involved in the exposure shall be deemed to have consented to testing for infection with human immunodeficiency virus or hepatitis B or C viruses. Suc person shall also be deemed to have consented to the release of such test results to the School Board employee who was exposed. If the person whos blood specimen is sought for testing is a minor, the parent, guardian or person standing in loco parentis of such minor shall be notified prior to initiating such testing. In other than emergency situations, it shall be the responsibility of the School Board employee to inform the person of this provision prior t the contact that creates a risk of such exposure.

 

 

If the person whose blood specimen is sought for testing is a minor, and that minor refuses to provide such specimen, consent for obtaining such specimen shall be obtained from the parent, guardian, or person standing in loco parentis of such minor prior to initiating such testing. If the parent or guardian or person standing in loco parentis withholds such consent, or is not reasonably available, the person potentially exposed to the human immunodeficiency virus or hepatitis B or C viruses, or the employer of such person may petition the juvenile and domestic relations district court in the county or city where the minor resides or resided or, in the case of a nonresident, the county or city where the School Board has its principal office, for a order requiring the minor to provide a blood specimen or to submit to testing and to disclose the test results in accordance with this policy.

 

Whenever any person is directly exposed to the body fluids of a School Board employee in a manner that may, according to the then current guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, transmit human immunodeficiency virus or hepatitis B or C viruses, the School Board employee whose body fluids were involved in the exposure shall be deemed to have consented to testing for infection with human immunodeficiency vi or hepatitis B or C viruses. The School Board employee shall also be deemed to have consented to the release of such test results to the person.

 

 

Except if the person to be tested is a minor, if the person whose blood specimen is sought for testing refuses to provide such specimen, any per potentially exposed to the human immunodeficiency virus or hepatitis B or C viruses, or the employer of such person, may petition the general district court of the county or city in which the person whose specimen is sought resides or resided, or, in the case of a nonresident, the county or city where t School Board has its principal office, for an order requiring the person to provide a blood specimen or to submit to testing and to disclose the test result accordance with this section. At any hearing before the court, the person whose specimen is sought or his counsel may appear. The court shall be advis by the State Health Commissioner or his designee prior to entering any testing order. If a testing order is issued, both the petitioner and the person fro whom the blood specimen is sought shall receive counseling and opportunity for face-to-face disclosure of any test results by a licensed practitioner or trained counselor.

 

 

Adopted:          June 15, 2015

 

 

Legal Ref:         Code of Virginia, 1950 as amended, §§ 22.1-271.3, 32.1-45.1.

Cross Refs:  EBBB       Personnel Training-Viral Infections GBE            Staff Health

JHCC  Communicable Diseases

JHCCA            Blood-Borne Contagious or Infectious Diseases

 

 

 

 

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