Our Policy on HIV / AIDS

In keeping with educational law and the guidelines as laid down by the Western Cape Education Department, we as a school acknowledges and affirms the seriousness of the HIV / AIDS epidemic, and it’s destructive impact on the educational system within our own school in our community which we serve.

HIV / AIDS Policy with regards to learners

  • No learner with HIV / AIDS may be discriminated against directly or indirectly.
  • Any learner with HIV / AIDS should be treated in a just, human way.
  • No learner may be denied admission to the school on account of his / her HIV / AIDS status.
  • No learners to be tested without prior consent.
  • Parents are to see to it that learners with HIV / AIDS attend classes for as long as they are able to function effectively and pose no significant risk to others at the school.
  • Should any learner become incapacitated through illness or pose a medically significant risk to others at the school, the school will as far as possible, make academic work available to them for study at home.
  • The HIV / AIDS status of the learner will remain confidential at all times, and disclosure of information without the parents’  consent warrants disciplinary measures, the disclosure of such status is legally privileged unless required by law (e.g. to deal with a case of discrimination), or in the interest of the school.

HIV / AIDS Policy with regards to educators

  • No member of staff with or perceived to have HIV / AIDS may be unfairly discriminated against.
  • Any educator and member of staff with HIV / AIDS  should be treated in a just and respectful way.
  • Any special measures in respect of an educator or a member of staff with HIV / AIDS should be fair and justifiable in the light of medical facts, school conditions and in the best interest of all educators and staff.
  • No educator may be denied the right to teach or to be promoted on account of his or her HIV/ AIDS status.  This status may never be ground for dismissal nor for the refusal to conclude, or continue or renew an educator’s contract or the contract of a member of staff.
  • The HIV / AIDS testing for educators is prohibited and will not be part of the selection criteria of employment or promotions.  However, voluntary HIV / AIDS testing and counselling among WCED employees are encouraged.
  • The HIV / AIDS STATUS of any member of staff remain confidential at all times, and disclosure of information without the employers consent warrants disciplinary measures.
  • Refusal to work with an educator or member of staff with HIV / AIDS should be pre-empted by HIV/ AIDS education.  If this fails, counselling should follow.
  • It is entirely up to any staff member to disclose his /her status to the principal of the school; such information will be kept confidential at all times.
  • Leave for educators and members of staff with HIV / AIDS will follow existing sick leave procedures.
  • If any educator or member of staff is continually unable to perform his / her normal duties, the educator or member of staff should be given extended leave followed by early retirement.

Safe school environment

Lavender Hill High School will implement universal precautions to eliminate the risk of transmission of HIV / AIDS, effectively in the school.  These precautions include the following:

All blood, open wounds, sores, breaks in the skin, grazes and open skin lesions, as well as bloody fluids and excretion, which could be stained or contaminated with blood, should therefore be treated as potentially infectious.

(a).  Blood, especially in large spills such as from nose bleeding, and old blood or blood stains, should be handled with extreme caution.

(b).  Skin exposed accidentally to blood should be washed immediately with soap and running water.

(c).  All bleeding wounds, sores, breaks in the skin, grazes and open skin lesions should ideally be cleaned immediately with running water for at least three minutes.

(d). Blood splashes to the face should be flushed with running water for at least three minutes.

(e). Disposable bags and incinerators must be made available to dispose of sanitary ware.

(f). All sores of potential infection should at all times be covered completely and securely with a non-porous or waterproof dressing or plaster so that there is no risk of exposure to blood.

(g).  Cleansing and washing should always be done with running water.

(h).  All persons attending to sores of potential infection should wear protective latex gloves or plastic bags over their hands to eliminate the risk of transmission.

(i).  if a surface has been contaminated with body fluids and excretion,  which could be stained or contaminated with blood,  that surface should be cleaned with running water and fresh, clean household bleach and paper or disposable cloths.  The person doing the cleansing must wear protective gloves or plastic bags.

(j).  If instruments (e.g. scissors) become contaminated with blood or other fluids,  they should be washed and placed in a strong household bleach solution for at least an hour before drying and re-using.

(k).  Needles and syringes should never be re-used,  but should be safely disposed of.

(l).  Lavender Hill High School will promote the training of learners, educators and staff in first-aid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact us

Phone: 081 583 0027 or
081 232 1692
Address: 91 Grindal Ave, Lavender Hill, 7945, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa