Animals on School Grounds

The Board of Education recognizes that animals have a proven education and therapeutic value, but also must consider the safety and well-being of the school population, visitors to the school, and the animals. Therefore, in consideration of the above, this policy provides information and guidance to school administrators, teachers, staff and parents about live animals in the classroom, and on campus in order to promote a healthy and safe learning environment for students.

This policy does not apply to service animals required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, or the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This policy also does not apply to service animals assigned to law enforcement or fire protection entities.

Any animals that are kept on campus or on campus for educational purposes must have an approved Animals On School Grounds Form signed and completed prior to the event.