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School authorities, including the Superintendent, principal, teacher, school health official, or social worker, should report to the local health authority those students attending TSBVI who are suspected of having a notifiable condition, as defined by state law and the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS).  25 TAC 97.2(d), 97.5(a); Health and Safety Code 81.041- .042

“School authority” means the Superintendent or designee.  Health and Safety Code 81.049 

School employees who have information that any student enrolled in the School has a notifiable condition, as set forth in 25 TAC 97.3, shall provide the information to the Health Center Director. If the Health Center Director believes that information reported by a school employee supports a report to the local health authority, the Director shall make the report.  If the Director of Health Services does not believe that the information supports a report to the local health authority, the Director shall so inform the employee.

Sexually Transmitted Disease

School authorities who are not medical directors are exempt from reporting AIDS, chancroid, Chlamydia trachomatis infection, gonorrhea, HIV infection, or syphilis to the local health authority or TDSHS regional director.  25 TAC 97.2(d)  [See FFG(TSBVI) regarding reports to the Department of Family and Protective Services]

Health professionals as defined by 25 Administrative Code 97.131(5) shall report cases and suspected cases of STD(s) in the manner described in 25 Administrative Code 97.133.  25 TAC 97.132(a)(1) 


A person commits a Class B misdemeanor if the person knowingly fails to report a reportable disease or health condition under Health and Safety Code Chapter 81, Subchapter B.  Health and Safety Code 81.049


The Superintendent or principal shall exclude from attendance any student suffering from a communicable condition, as defined by the Texas Department of State Health Services, until the criteria for readmission are met.  25 TAC 97.7(a)


A student excluded for reason of communicable disease shall be readmitted by one or more of the following methods, as determined by the health authority:

  1. Submitting a release to school form from the attending physician, advanced practice nurse, or physician assistant attesting that the child does not currently have signs or symptoms of a communicable disease or to the disease’s non-communicability in a school setting;
  2. Submitting a permit for readmission issued by the local health authority; or
  3. After a period of time corresponding to the duration of the communicability of the disease, meeting readmission criteria as established by the commissioner of health.

25 TAC 97.7(b)-(c)

Note:  See TDSHS Communicable Disease Chart for Schools and Child-Care Centers at


TEA shall prescribe procedures by which TSBVI shall provide information relating to bacterial meningitis to its students and their parents each school year.  The procedures must ensure that the information is reasonably likely to come to the attention of the parents of each student.  The agency shall prescribe the form and content of the information.

The School shall provide information about bacterial meningitis to its students and their parents in the Parent Student Handbook, which is also available on the TSBVI website.

Education Code 38.0025

Adopted:         1/11/80

Amended:       6/29/84, 1/14/88, 11/17/95, 5/28/03, 1/22/10, 8/9/18