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Aids Policy

 AIDS POLICY

INTRODUCTION


•    All educators, pupils and parents of this school undertake to uphold and support our school’s Aids Policy.
•    It is the policy of this school to implement Aids Awareness education in all our grades as an integral part of our Life
     Orientation learning area.

POLICY REGARDING EDUCATORS AND LEARNERS WHO ARE HIV POSITIVE


•    There will be no discrimination against any learner or educator who is HIV positive.
•    Educators and learners who are HIV positive will be treated fairly and humanely.
•    Special circumstances required by a learner or educator who is HIV positive will be accommodated by this school to
      the best of our ability.

AIDS TESTING OF LEARNERS


•    No learner may be denied access to this school on the grounds that he/she is HIV positive.
•    No learner may first be tested for HIV before access to the school is granted.
•    No learner may be denied access to any academic, sporting of cultural participation because he/she is HIV positive.
•    No learner may be tested for HIV as part of the school programme.

AIDS TESTING OF EDCUATORS AND NON EDUCATORS


•    No educator’s application may be turned down because he/she is HIV positive.
•    No educator or non educator may be asked to leave or terminate his/her contract with the school due to the fact
     that they are HIV positive.

This policy document is not discriminatory in any way.  It respects the rights of all individuals and takes into account all persons, including those with HIV/Aids.

•    No educator or non educator may be discriminated against because they are HIV positive.
•    No educator or non educator may be asked to undergo testing for HIV as a school requirement.

SCHOOL ATTENDANCE OF LEARNERS WHO ARE HIV POSITIVE

•    This school will accommodate learners who are HIV positive as far as practically possible.
•    Learners who are HIV positive will attend all academic classes at this school for as long as the learner can do so
     effectively.
•    Learners who cannot function effectively academically due to the progression of the HIV or illnesses relating to HIV
     may request to be exempt from school.
•    The principal must be supplied with a recent medical certificate if a learner is leaving the school due to HIV related
      illnesses.
•    The parents/guardian of the learner leaving school due to HIV related illnesses must inform the principal in writing
      of this intention.  (Section 4 Schools Act 1996).
•    Should any learner with HIV/Aids no longer be able to attend school due to illnesses the principal and relevant
      educators will supply the necessary work so that the learner can be educated at home.
•    The principal and educators must supply the necessary support to such a learner for as long as it is possible
      (Section 51 School’s Act 1996).
•    If a learner displays neurological or behavioural problems directly related to his/her illness, the principal must:

a)    Offer the learner special learning support, or
b)    Evaluate the learner through the School Clinic with the goal that the learner be accepted by a Special School.

MAKING HIV/AIDS STATUS PUBLIC


•    No learner or parents of learners can be compelled to disclose that they are HIV positive.
•    No educator can be compelled to disclose that he/she is HIV positive.

SPORT


•    No learner with an open wound is permitted to take part in any form of contact sport until the wound has healed.
•    Any learner who suffers a bleeding injury during a contact sport must be taken from the field immediately.  The
     wound must be bandaged effectively before the learner may continue participating in the sport.
•    No learner may play a contact sport in blood soaked clothing.
•    Learners who are HIV positive may participate in any sport provided that a medical report is received stating so.


EDUCATION


•    All learners in the school will receive Aids/Awareness Education.
•    The content will be adapted according to the age of the learner.
•    Learners will receive Aids/Awareness Education as a part of Life Skills education.
•    Parents of learners must be informed as to the content of the Aids Education programme within every grade.
•    All non educators must also receive Aids/Awareness education at the school
•    It is not the policy of this school to hand out condoms to learners as a preventative measure.
•    Educators must attend relevant seminars to learn and understand the terminology needed to effectively educate
     the learners.


DISCRIMINATION


•    Learners who refuse to attend the same class as a learner who is HIV positive will be given a Governing Body
     hearing.  Parents of this learner will also be requested to attend such a hearing.
•    Learners or educators who refuse to participate in the school’s Aids/Awareness Education programme will also be
     given a Governing Body hearing.


COMMITTEE


•    Every grade in the school will have an educator appointed as an Aids Advisor.  These advisors together with the
     remedial teacher will constitute the school’s HIV?AIDS Committee.

Role:

a)    Implementation of Aids/Awareness teaching within the grade.
b)    Train fellow teachers within the grade in effective Aids/Awareness teaching.
c)    Pass on any relevant documentation, pamphlets or policies to grade educators.
d)    Evaluation and further planning of the Awareness programme.
e)    Attend meetings with advisors from other grades.


VOLUNTARY DISCLOSURE


•    If any learner or educator voluntarily wishes to disclose the fact that they are HIV positive they are permitted to do
     so only to the principal.  The principal must at all times keep this information strictly confidential.
•    Should the principal wish to discuss the HIV/Aids of a learner with the relevant educator he/she must obtain
     written permission from the learner and his/her parents.

SAFETY PRECAUTIONS


•    The parents of learners who have open wounds, open blisters or lesions are responsible for covering these areas
     with a waterproof bandage.
•    If this cannot be done by the parents the school will assume the responsibility of covering areas with waterproof
     bandages.
•    Educators who are treating learners must wear surgical gloves at all times.
•    Any surface that has been contaminated by blood must be cleaned and sterilized with a strong jik solution.
•    Personnel who are cleaning these areas must also be given surgical gloves to wear.
•    Instruments used during the treatment of a learner/educator or non educator must be disinfected immediately.
•    Any cloth or material used in the cleaning up of contaminated areas must be incinerated immediately.
•    Toilet paper and cotton wool contaminated with blood must be flushed down the toilet after usage.
•    Every classroom must have a set of surgical gloves and sterile cotton wool within easy access of the educator and
     his/her learners.
•    Every classroom must display a set of procedures showing learners how to deal with a “blood” injury in the
     classroom situation.
•    Educators must take a fully stocked first aid kit with them on any outing, camp or sporting fixture.