6163.2- Instruction – Instructional Services – Animals at School

Policy – x
Regulation –
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Adopted – 11/15/2018
Revised –

The Governing Board of the Pacific Grove Unified School District recognizes that animals can be an effective teaching aid and can help support the district’s instructional program. In addition, instruction related to the care and treatment of animals teaches students a sense of responsibility and promotes the humane treatment of living creatures.

A teacher may bring an animal to school or arrange for students in his/her class to bring an animal to school for instructional purposes upon written permission from the principal or designee and subject to administrative regulation and other reasonable health, safety, and sanitation precautions. The animal’s handler shall be responsible for ensuring that animals are strictly controlled and for ensuring that all such precautions are observed so as to protect both the students and the animal.

Individuals with disabilities may be accompanied by service animals on school premises or on school transportation unless its presence will fundamentally alter the nature of the educational program, or in any other manner consistent with the law.

When any animal is brought into the classroom, the principal or designee shall provide 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 affected by the animal’s presence.

The Pacific Grove Unified School District assumes no liability for the safety of animals voluntarily brought to school.

Legal References:
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
GOVERMNET 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

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