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Acalanes Union HSD |  AR  6163.2  Instruction

Animals At School   

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Before any student or employee brings an animal to school for an instructional purpose, he/she shall receive written permission from the principal or designee. The principal or designee shall give such permission only after he/she has provided written notification to all parents/guardians of students in the affected class, asking them to verify whether their child has any known allergies, asthma, or other health condition that may be aggravated by the animal's presence. When a parent/guardian has provided notification that his/her child has an allergy, asthma, or other health condition that may be aggravated by the animal, the principal shall take appropriate measures to protect the student from exposure to the animal.

All animals brought to school must be in good physical condition and must be appropriately immunized. The teacher shall ensure that the species of animal is appropriate for the instructional purpose and age and maturity of the students.

All animals brought to school shall be adequately fed, effectively controlled, humanely treated, and properly housed in cages or containers suitable for the species. The teacher shall ensure that cages and containers are cleaned regularly and that waste materials are removed and disposed of in an appropriate manner. The teacher shall be responsible for the care of animals during breaks and summer.

(cf. 5141 - Health Care and Emergencies)

(cf. 5142 - Safety)

The teacher shall ensure that students receive instructions regarding the proper handling of and personal hygiene around animals.

(cf. 5141.22 - Infectious Diseases)

Except for service animals, as defined below, all animals are prohibited on school transportation services. (Education Code 39839; 13 CCR 1216)

(cf. 3541.2 - Transportation for Students with Disabilities)

(cf. 5131.1 - Bus Conduct)

Students shall not bring poisonous or wild animals to school. If wildlife specimens are used in a biology class, protective gloves and a lace shield shall be worn by anyone handling these specimens and the animals' saliva and neurological tissue shall be treated as infectious.

(cf. 5141.22 Infectious Diseases)

Use of Service Animals by Individuals with Disabilities

For an individual with a disability, service animal means any dog or animal that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks related to the individual's disability and for his/her benefit. For example, for an individual who is blind or has low vision, a service animal would mean a dog that helps him/her with vision, navigation, and other tasks; for an individual who is deaf or hard of hearing, a service animal would mean an animal that alerts him/her to the presence of people or sounds; and for an individual with psychiatric or neurological disabilities, a service animal would mean an animal that assists him/her by preventing or interrupting impulsive or destructive behaviors. (28 CFR 35.104)

Individuals with disabilities may be accompanied on school premises and on school transportation by service animals, including specially trained guide dogs, signal dogs, or service dogs. (Education Code 39839; Civil Code 54.2; 28 CFR 35.136)

(cf. 0410 - Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities)

(cf. 3541.2 - Transportation for Students with Disabilities)

(cf. 6159 - Individualized Education Program)

(cf. 6164.6 - Identification and Education Under Section 504)

The Superintendent or designee may ask any individual with a disability to remove his/her service animal from school premises or transportation if the animal is out of control and the individual does not take effective action to control it or the animal is not housebroken. When an individual's service animal is excluded, he/she shall be given an opportunity to participate in the service, program, or activity without having the service animal present. (Education Code 39839; Civil Code 54.2; 28 CFR 35.136)

Guide Dogs, Signal Dogs, or Service Animals in Training

Trainers, apprentices, or volunteers who assist in the training of service animals do not have the same rights and privileges under Board Policy 6163.2 and this Administrative Regulation as those individuals with disabilities who have the right to be accompanied by a service animal.

On a case-by-case basis and with prior approval from the Superintendent or Designee, an apprentice or volunteer may bring a service animal in training on the campus in public and non-public areas. The trainer or volunteer must submit a written request for permission to bring a training animal onto campus no less than 15 school days before the intended date of the animal's presence on campus. The certified agency must name the district and Board members as additional insureds and carry a minimum of one million dollars ($1,000,000) of liability insurance holding the Board, District agents, volunteers and employees harmless from and against any and all liability, loss expense (including attorney's fees) or claims for injury or damages arising out of the acts of the service animal in training.

Each school in the district shall have no more than one (1) service animal in training at a time each year. If there are already several service animals in the school, the principal may have the right to deny a guide dog in training that year.

Prior to receiving permission from the superintendent or designee to bring a service animal in training on school property, the apprentice or volunteer shall do the following:

1. Provide information from a training agency establishing the training of the animal and the ability of the animal to be in public places.

2. Provide information that the apprentice or volunteer has received proper individualized training and/or certification to handle, control or train the animal.

3. Ensure the animal is properly harnessed and leashed at all times and wears appropriate identification that the animal is a dog in training.

4. Provide proof of good health and recent vaccinations.

5. Complete the release of liability form which shall release the District from all liability from damages to persons, property or facilities by the animal. If the apprentice or volunteer is a minor under the age of eighteen (18) years old, the parent/guardian shall complete and sign the form.

6. Be responsible for the care, cleanliness and conduct of the animal at all times. The animal shall be under the user's control at all times.

7. Meet with the principal to discuss expectations and any limitation to the animal in training being on campus including length of time and locations on campus.

The principal shall provide notice to students, staff and parents/guardians of students who attend classes in which the service animal in training is expected to be present. Parents or guardians will be advised to notify the principal of any objections to the service animal. If the principal determines that any student has a fear that may be triggered, cultural aversion, or health condition such as asthma or allergies, the principal may not allow the animal in training in the classroom.

The service animal shall not exhibit aggressive behavior, may not pose a threat to the health or safety of others and may not be disruptive to the educational environment. In cases where the service animal in training responds unreasonably, the principal shall make a reasonable judgment based on objective information if the service animal presents an unacceptable risk or threat to others.

Should the apprentice or volunteer trainer fail to abide by the conditions above at any time, the volunteer or trainer will be required to remove the animal immediately and not bring the service animal back on school property until she or he can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Superintendent or designee that all conditions are met.

The District assumes no responsibility for any guide dog, service dog or animal in training brought on school property or to school sponsored activities. The use of guide dogs, signal dogs or service animals in training must comply with all state and federal laws.


approved: December 14, 2007 Lafayette, California

revised: September 7, 2016

revised: April 15, 2020