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Purpose of this policy
To outline how schools deal with blood-borne viruses (BBV). BBV's include:
- Hepatitis B and C
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).
- protect the privacy of students who have a BBV
- avoid any form of discrimination of students with a BBV
- provide BBV prevention education as part of the health education program in line with the Victorian Essential Learning Standards.
See: Other resources
Risk of infection
The Department of Human Services advises as long as basic hygiene, safety, infection prevention and control and first aid procedures are followed:
- risks of contracting blood borne viruses are negligible
- staff have a duty to provide first aid to students or other staff with a BBV in the classroom, physical education and sports settings and on school grounds.
The BBV status of a student is a private matter between a student and his/her family doctor. When parents/guardians report the BBV status to the principal, the principal must:
- respect the student's confidentiality
- keep the information from being accessible from others without:
- parent/guardian consent
- student consent, if appropriate.
Note: the above privacy principles also apply to school staff.
See: Information Privacy within Related policies
Equal Opportunity (Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation) Act 2000 protect students from victimisation or discrimination based on BBV infection. Examples of discrimination include:
- refusing to enrol the student
- excluding the student from attendance
- denying access to school programs or activities
- failing to protect the student from harassment or victimisation
- breaching confidentiality related to the BBV status
- differential application of school rules.
Schools should consult with the Communicable Disease Prevention and Control Unit within the Department of Health with questions or concerns about disclosure or exclusion, see:
Communicable Disease Prevention and Control Unit
Equal Opportunity (Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation) Act 2000