Chicago Tribune (06/08/92), P. 1-7
The Illinois State Board of Education has forbidden any form of
disclosure regarding students with AIDS, such as sending a note home
alerting parents that another student is HIV-positive or has AIDS. The
board says that AIDS is too prevalent to focus on any one case. In 1987,
Wilmette School District 39 had sent a note home warning parents of a
Central School student with AIDS. Now, said Superintendent William
Gussner, "We would probably handle it no differently than we would if a
child had a disease like leukemia." He added that it would be handled
case by case. The number of children with AIDS has increased steadily.
There were 11 reported AIDS cases among children under age 13 in May
1987, said a monthly surveillance compiled by the Illinois Department of
Public Health. However, this past May the number of AIDS cases reported
for children under age 13 reached 107. In 1988, when the department
first included in its report those who were HIV-positive, there were 35
cases reported for children under 13, now there are 254.