COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 152
August 13, 1999

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Screening for Tuberculosis Disease and Infection

 
The Department of Education has been notified by The Department of Health's
(VDH) Division of Tuberculosis Control of a recently issued new policy and 
recommendations regarding screening for tuberculosis disease and infection.  
This policy is consistent with published national guidelines from the 
Department of Health and Human Services.

VDH's new guidelines may alter the annual skin-testing programs occurring in 
some of your school districts in the up-coming school year.  The guidelines 
are based on several studies that clearly demonstrate screening persons other 
than members of high-risk groups results in many false-positive tests that do 
not represent TB infection.  In most instances, school personnel and children 
are not considered members of these high-risk groups.  

Please contact your local health directors to address this issue prior to the 
start of the new school year.

If you have questions or need additional information, please call Gwen Smith, 
school health specialist, at 804-786-8671 or fax 804-371-8796, e-mail 
gpsmith@pen.k12.va.us.



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