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BP 6163.2

Instruction

Animals At School

The San Benito County Board of Education (County Board) recognizes that animals can contribute to the San Benito County Office of Education (SBCOE) instructional program by being effective teaching aids to students and by assisting individuals with disabilities to access SBCOE programs and activities.  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.

 

(cf. 0300 – Nondiscrimination in County Programs and Activities)

(cf. 6160 – Individualized Education Program)

(cf. 6164.4 – Identification and Evaluation of Individuals for Special Education)

(cf. 6164.6 – Identification and Education Under Section 504)

 

The Superintendent or designee shall develop rules and procedures to ensure that when animals are brought to school, the health, safety, and welfare of students, staff, and the animals are protected.  However, the SBCOE assumes no liability for the safety of animals allowed on SBCOE property.

 

 

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

233.5  Instruction in kindness to pets and humane treatment of living creatures

39839  Transportation of guide dogs, signal dogs, service dogs

51202  Instruction in personal and public health and safety

51540  Safe and humane treatment of animals at school

CIVIL CODE

54.1  Access to public places

54.2  Guide, signal, or service dogs, right to accompany

GOVERNMENT CODE

810-996.6  California Tort Claims Act, especially:

815  Liability for injuries generally; immunity of public entity

835  Conditions of liability

VEHICLE CODE

21113  Public grounds

CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 13

1216  Transportation of property

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20

1400-1482  Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 29

794  Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504

CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS, TITLE 28

35.104  Definitions

35.136  Service animals

COURT DECISIONS

Sullivan v. Vallejo City USD, (1990) 731 F.Supp. 947

 

 

Policy Adopted: 10-9-2014

Policy Revised: 2-8-18