The following item was discussed by the Alexandria School Board at its Feb. 4 meeting. For further information, call 988-2100.
AIDS POLICY ADOPTED -- The board voted unanimously to adopt a policy to permit students infected with the deadly AIDS virus to continue to "participate fully" in school programs unless the superintendent determines their presence would be a danger to the health of other students and teachers.
According to the new policy, the status of each infected student will be reviewed individually by a panel of five physicians who will make a written recommendation to the superintendent within seven days on whether the student should continue in school. The identity of the student will not be revealed to the panel. Although students may be removed from school during the review period, it is not required.
Students excluded from school will be given an alternative educational program under the new guidelines. Parents of an excluded student may appeal the superintendent's decision to the School Board within seven days.
Separate guildelines for staff members with AIDS also were unanimously adopted by the board. Those guidelines state that "every effort will be made" to keep employees in their posts as long as they are physically able to perform their duties and they pose no risk of transmitting the disease to others.
Within seven days of being notified that a staff member has AIDS, the superintendent will make a written decision on whether the staff member's employment should be modified or terminated. The superintendent's decision in staff cases will follow consultation with a panel of five physicians. The superintendent's decision may be appealed to the School Board within 10 working days.
No students or employees in the city school system are presently known to have AIDS.