John Glenn School Corporation
Administrative Guidelines


Live animals shall be allowed in the classroom for educational purposes. 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.



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



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



the animal is not venomous or vicious



the parents are notified in advance that an animal will be brought into the classroom



none of the children is allergic to the particular animal



proper immunization has been done by a qualified veterinarian



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



the teacher is responsible for cleaning the cage or aquarium and responsible for the proper disposal of waste



the teacher is responsible for the proper care of the animal when school is not in session



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



the principal has approved the plan



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.


Introducing an animal to the classroom should be well planned and thoroughly investigated depending on the type of animal. Some considerations in addition to the considerations listed above would include the following:



Reptiles and amphibians can carry disease and special precautions are necessary when handling them. Because the disease can be very serious in young children, handling of reptiles and amphibians by young children is not recommended. Thorough hygiene practices must be followed by anyone handling reptiles and amphibians.



Wild mammals such as bats, raccoons, groundhogs, coyotes, foxes, etc. carry a high risk or rabies. Such animals should not be brought to school unless under the control of a trained professional responsible for preventing exposure to students and staff.



Chicks and ducklings carry a high risk of transmitting enteric (diarrhea) which can be especially harmful to young children. These animals are inappropriate in school without education on safe and proper handling and hygiene procedures.



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.



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.

Revised 6/05
Revised 7/11
Revised 5/21/13

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