Service Animals - Procedures - 3212-P
Service Animal Uses
Service animals are animals that are individually trained to perform tasks for people with disabilities such as guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling wheelchairs, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure or performing other special tasks. Service animals are working animals, not pets.
Use of a service animal by a student with a disability will be allowed in school when it is determined that the student’s disability requires such use in order to assist or accommodate access to the instructional program, school services and/or school activities.
The use of a service animal by an individual with a disability will not be conditioned on the payment of a fee, security deposit or surcharge.
Requirements for Service Animal Access
Before a service animal will be permitted in school, on school property or at school-sponsored events, the student’s parent must provide a description of the work or task(s) the service animal is expected to perform in assisting the person with a disability.
The District will provide access to a person with a disability who needs a service animal provided that the work or tasks performed by the service animal are directly related to the disability, the animal has been individually trained to perform a task, is housebroken; is free of disease and parasites and is under the control of the person with a disability.
Removal or Exclusion of a Service Animal from School or School Property
The Building Principal or District Administrator may request a student to remove a service animal from school, a school-sponsored activity or school property if the animal is out of control and the animal’s handler does not take effective action to control the animal. Examples of the animal being out of control include, but are not limited to the following:
- The presence of the animal poses a direct threat to the health and/or safety of others;
- The animal significantly disrupts or interferes with the instruction program, school activities or student learning. However, annoyance on the part of the others is not an unreasonable risk to property or others to justify the removal of the service animal;
- The presence of the animal would result in a fundamental alteration of any school program;
- The individual in control of the animal fails to appropriately care for the animal, including feeding, exercising, taking outside for performance of excretory functions and cleaning up after the animal;
- The animal is ill; or
- The animal is not housebroken.
Service Animals at School-Sponsored Events
Individuals with disabilities may be accompanied by their service animals to events or activities open to the public that are held in schools or on school property.
The Building Administrator may revoke or exclude the service animals for the reasons set forth above.
- Neither the District, nor its employees, are responsible for the cost, care or supervision of the service animal;
- A service animal must be under the control of its handler. A service animal must also have a harness, leash or other tether, unless either the handler is unable because of a disability to use a harness, leash or other tether, or the use of the harness, leash or other tether would interfere with the service animal’s safe, effective performance of work or tasks, in which case the service animal must be otherwise under the handler’s control (e.g., voice control, signals or other effective means); and
- The owner/handler of the service animal is responsible for any and all damage caused by the service animal at school, on school premises or at school activities.
A student whose service animal has been excluded or removed may appeal the decision to the Superintendent or designee.
October 26, 2015