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COMMUNICABLE DISEASES - THE SCHOOL'S ROLE

(a)  If a student is ill , has a communicable disease, or is infested with parasites, the school principal may send the child home with a note to the child's parent or guardian. The note must describe the nature of the illness or infestation and, if appropriate, recommend that the family physician be consulted.
(b)  If the parent or guardian of a child who is sent home under this section is financially unable to provide the necessary medical care, it shall be provided by a public health facility. If no public health facility is available, the township trustee or other appropriate governmental agency shall provide the necessary relief.
(c) A child who is sent home under this section may be readmitted to the school:
(1)   when it is apparent to school officials that the child is no longer ill, no longer has a communicable disease, or no longer infested with parasites;
(2)   upon certificate of a physician that the child is no longer ill, no longer has a communicable disease, or no longer is infested with parasites;
(3)   upon certification of a physician that the child has a communicable disease, but the disease is not transmissible through normal school contacts; or
(4) upon certification by a Christian Science practitioner, who is listed in The Christian Science Journal, that based on the practitioner's observation the child apparently is no longer ill, no longer has a communicable disease, or no longer is infested with parasites.
If school personnel disagree with the certifying physicians or Christian Science practitioner as to whether the child should be readmitted to school, the local health officer shall determine whether the child may be readmitted to school.
(d) A person who objects to the determination made by the local health officer under this section may appeal to the secretary of the state board of health, who is the ultimate authority. IC 16-41-9- 3 applies to appeals under this subsection.

 
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