Animals at School



The Governing Board recognizes that animals can be an effective teaching aid. 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.

Animals may be brought to school for educational purposes, subject to rules and precautions specified in administrative regulations related to health, safety and sanitation. Teachers shall ensure that these rules and precautions are observed so as to protect both the students and animals.

Seeing-eye dogs and service dogs may accompany students and staff at school as needed.

The District assumes no liability for the safety of animals voluntarily brought to school.

Legal Reference:
Education Code
233.5 Instruction in kindness to pets and human treatment of living creatures
51202 Instruction in personal and public health and safety
51540 Safe and human treatment of animals at school
Government Code
810-996.6 California Tort Claims Act, especially:
815 Liability for injuries generally; immunity of public entity
835 Conditions of liability

First Reading: 2/9/05

Governing Board Adoption: 3/9/05

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