644 – Animals in the Classroom

Live animals will not be allowed in school district facilities except under special circumstances and only for educational purpose. Animals which are kept at school for instructional purposes will be in good health with no evidence of disease, be of such a disposition as to not pose a safety threat to children, and be maintained in a clean and sanitary manner.

The owner/handler must provide a record of annual vaccinations received by the animal and signed by a veterinarian; these health records should be kept on file in the school building.

Permission from the principal will be required of anyone wishing to bring an animal into school district facilities. The principal has the right to approve or deny the request for the animal in the classroom. Appropriate supervision of animals is required when animals are brought into the school district facilities. It is the responsibility of the principal to determine appropriate supervision of animals in the classroom.

The person bringing the animal must furnish transportation for the animal brought to school. Animals will not be allowed to travel to and from the student’s attendance center on the school bus.

This policy does not apply to appropriately approved professional therapy animals, assistive animals, therapy animals, emotional support animals, or service animals on district property in accordance with Policies 645 and 646.

Date of Adoption: December 10, 2018

Legal Reference: Iowa Code 279.8 (2013)
Cross Reference: 507 Student Health and Well-Being


Policy 644- Animals in the Classroom

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