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Old 02-28-2007, 01:36 AM
 
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Do any of you have a policy about bringing pets/small farm animals to school? Thanks in advance for info on how you/your school handles this.


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Although I have to say farm animals isn't an issue! However, ANY animals (whether dog, turtle, bird, whatever) MUST first go through the principal who then, if his permission is given, then defers to the school nurse who has final say due to allergies.

For instance, we had a K9 come in for police outreach. The coordinator wanted to use the gym which was nixed due to severe allergies and 2 kids who are phobic. A smaller area not used by the younger allergic kids was found, and the phobic kids and their teachers were given a heads up. (The nurse was ticked becuase last time, it was outside which was much less an issue, but it's still winter here now.)
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I had 2 GOATS!!
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Yes, seriously. I had a parent who lived on a big farm and she asked (because her daughter wanted everyone to see them) so I told her to speak with the principal to make sure it was okay. I really didn't think she would allow it but she did. They were actually really cute (they were babies). The year before I had some kids bring in their dogs for show and share and the principal okayed that as well but they couldn't bring them in at the same time and/or day.
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no animals at school. We have had issues with dogs fighting before and after school, so they are banned then. I also have had a big rise in allergies, so they pretty much are not allowed at all.
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Our school district doesn't allow any animals at school. The reasons I believe are: Allergies, phobias and health department-no animals allowed where people eat.


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Old 02-28-2007, 02:27 PM
 
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I've had kids bring animals before, and it wasn't that big of a deal because I work in a small private school. The coolest thing was a baby deer that a family had taken in while it was sick, but the worst was the pet snake that showed up at school last year
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Yesterday and today, a parent brought a duck with her to pick up her daughter after school. She was carrying it in a gift bag and it was causing chaos as the children noticed it. They wanted to touch it, feel his feet, etc. The principal asked her not to bring the duck again. She was upset. We live in the city, not a farm area! One of my kids said-- if she drops that bag, she could have duck soup--- I chuckled to myself. Today was a crazy day!
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Sounds like a good title for a Laura Nuemeroff book: If You Bring A Duck to School!

We have a parent who brings their little dog to school quite often. We all gather in the gym/cafeteria 1st thing in the morning for announcements and to recite the pledge. Many times they are in there with the dog. Some of us have expressed complaints to the principal because this is also where the kids eat breakfast and lunch. I don't think anything has ever been said to the parents.
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I have brought up baby chicks, a snake, and hermit crabs. Many of our teachers have class pets. I have seen rabbits, hampsters, even a tarantula!

We did have a petting zoo come a couple years ago and we had to make sure it was one with insurance etc.
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