Decatur County Community Schools
Administrative Guidelines
 

8405A - USE OF ANIMALS IN THE CLASSROOM AND ON SCHOOL PREMISES

The School Board and administration support the idea that animals can provide a variety of productive learning experiences for students at almost every level. It is important, however, that the following guidelines be observed when instituting an activity or program involving the use of animals. Teachers are encouraged to contact such organizations as the State Veterinary Association, the National or State Wildlife Federation, etc. regarding resource materials and suggested learning activities that may be available to help students increase their understanding of the animal world.

 

A.

Students are to be instructed not to bring personal pets to school at any time without the approval of the principal.

     
 

B.

It is permissible for the class to have one (1) or more animals as classroom pets under the following conditions:

     
 

1.

the animal is not venomous or vicious

     
 

2.

none of the children is allergic to the particular animal

     
 

3.

proper immunization has been done by a qualified veterinarian

     
 

4.

arrangements have been made for housing the animal safely, comfortably, cleanly, and in a manner that does not disrupt the classroom environment

     
 

5.

arrangements have been made for the proper care of the animal when school is not in session

     
 

6.

rules have been established and understood regarding when and how the animal is to be treated by the students

     
 

7.

the principal has approved the plan

     
 

C.

When animals are to be brought into the school or classroom on an ad hoc basis as part of a lesson or series of lessons, all of the conditions stated above apply, and in addition, the teacher is to ensure the proper pick-up and return of the animal.

     
 

D.

Except as set forth above and/or in the case of "service animals" required for use by a person with a disability, no other animals may be on school premises at any time.

     
 

E.

The Corporation may have a service animal removed from the school premises if the animal is out of control and the animalís handler does not take effective action to control it or the animal is not housebroken. The Corporation is not responsible for the care or supervision of a service animal. The service animal is allowed to accompany its human in all areas the human is permitted to go.

© Neola 2011