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Elk Grove USD  |  AR  6163.2  Instruction

Animals At School   

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For the purposes of this administrative regulation and accompanying BP 6163.2, "educational purposes" includes circumstances where an animal is brought onto school grounds as a teaching aid or for a school-related assignment or is present at a District-sponsored activity. It shall not include circumstances where an animal is serving a student, employee, or member of the public with a disability, such as a guide dog, signal dog or other service animal as defined under state and federal law.

Before any student or staff member brings an animal to school for educational purposes, he/she shall receive written permission from the site 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, which may include denial of the request to bring the animal onto school grounds for educational purposes.

Animals brought to school for educational purposes shall be subject to District and site policies related to length of visit, number of animals, health, safety and sanitation. Animals must be in good health and have current vaccinations and immunizations common and appropriate to the species. Teachers and site administrators have the authority to enforce any school rule to compel the control of animals brought to school for the protection of both the students and the animal. Teachers 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. Animals should be kept in an appropriate cage or enclosure that provides maximum containment of the animal, clean and sanitary conditions, shelter and protection from the weather, and appropriate temperatures, and ensures safety for the students. Warning signs should be posted in a conspicuous location on cages housing animals that may bite. Teachers shall ensure that cages and containers are cleaned regularly and that waste materials are removed and disposed of in an appropriate manner. Teachers shall also ensure that students receive instructions regarding the proper handling of and personal hygiene around animals, including cautioning students about inserting fingers into an occupied animal cage. Students shall be instructed not to tease or mistreat animals in any manner. Students should only feed and handle animals under the direct supervision of the teacher.

(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)

(cf. 0410 - Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities

(cf. 5141 - Health Care and Emergencies)

(cf. 5141.23 - Infectious Disease Prevention)

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

233.5 Instruction in kindness to pets and humane treatment of living creatures

39839 Transportation of guide dogs, signal dogs, service dogs

51202 Instruction in personal and public health and safety

51540 Safe and humane treatment of animals at school

CIVIL CODE

54.1 Access to public places

54.2 Guide, signal, or service dogs, right to accompany

GOVERNMENT CODE

810-996.6 California Tort Claims Act, especially:

815 Liability for injuries generally; immunity of public entity

835 Conditions of liability

VEHICLE CODE

21113 Public grounds

CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 13

1216 Transportation of property

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20

1400-1482 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 29

794 Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504

CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS, TITLE 28

35.104 Definitions

35.136 Service animals

COURT DECISIONS

Sullivan v. Vallejo City USD, (1990) 731 F.Supp. 947

Management Resources:

FEDERAL REGISTER

Rules and Regulations, September 15, 2010, Vol. 75, Number 178, pages 56164-56236

CSBA PUBLICATIONS

Indoor Air Quality: Governing Board Actions for Creating Healthy School Environments, Policy Brief, July 2008

Asthma Management in the Schools, Policy Brief, March 2008

WEB SITES:

CSBA: http://www.csba.org

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: http://www.aspca.org

Humane Society of the United States: http://www.hsus.org

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr

Regulation ELK GROVE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

approved: March 29, 2017 Elk Grove, California