Animals in Schools Policy

Adopted
9.21.10

The Edmonds School District is committed to providing a healthy and safe environment for all students and staff. It is the policy of the Edmonds School District to only allow animals inside District schools and buildings as defined below.

Animals which will be allowed in and on school property are: service dogs; therapy dogs which have been approved by the District and which support a District program or curriculum; animals which are used as part of a District approved curriculum; and turtles (greater than four inches), fish and frogs kept in clean and maintained aquariums. Service and therapy dogs must have current vaccinations, be trained and registered, and kept on leashes.

Any animal may be restricted from school property should the animal become aggressive or a nuisance, including service and/or therapy dogs.

No other animals are to access District school buildings or vehicles with students, parents or staff. These include dogs, cats, chickens, ducks, reptiles and snakes, tarantulas, ferrets, rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, mice, rats, birds, horses and ponies, dead animals, animal parts, and ant farms.

The Superintendent shall establish procedures to ensure health and safety for staff and students when animals are brought onto school property.

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