8405a Operations_Use of Animals in the Classroom and on School Premises

The Board of Education and administration support the idea that animals can provide a variety of productive
learning experiences for students at almost every level. It is important, however, that the following guidelines be
observed when instituting an activity or program involving the use of animals. Teachers are encouraged to contact
such organizations as the Wisconsin Veterinary Association, the National Wildlife Federation, etc. regarding
resource materials and suggested learning activities that may be available to help students increase their
understanding of the animal world.
    A. Students are to be instructed not to bring personal pets to school at any time without approval of the
    B. It is permissible for the class to have one or more animals as classroom pets under the following conditions:
            1. The animal is not venomous or vicious
            2. No one is allergic to the particular animal
            3. Proper examination/immunization has been done by a qualified veterinarian
            4. Arrangements have been made for housing the animal safely, comfortably, cleanly, and in a manner that
                does not disrupt the classroom environment
            5. Arrangements have been made for the proper care of the animal when school is not in session
            6. Rules have been established and understood regarding when and how the animal is to be treated by the
    C. When animals are to be brought into the school or classroom on an ad hoc basis as part of a lesson or
        series of lessons, all of the conditions stated above apply, and in addition, the teacher is to ensure the proper
        pick-up and return of the animal.
Approved/Adopted:  July 13, 2009
Sharon Weinstock,
Aug 3, 2011, 12:01 PM