6163.2 BP - Animals at School

Instruction BP 6163.2
Adopted: October 19, 2023
Animals at School

The Governing Board recognizes that animals can contribute to the district's instructional program by being effective teaching aids to students and by assisting individuals with disabilities to access district 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.

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 district assumes no liability for the safety of animals allowed on district property.

Legal Reference:
13 CCR 1216 Transportation of property
Civ. Code 54.1 Access to public places
Civ. Code 54.2 Guide, signal, or service dogs; right to accompany
Ed. Code 233.5 Teaching of principles
Ed. Code 39839 Transportation of guide dogs, signal dogs, service dogs
Ed. Code 51202 Instruction in personal and public health and safety
Ed. Code 51540 Humane treatment of animals
Gov. Code 810-996.6 Government Claims Act
Gov. Code 815 Liability for injuries generally; immunity of public entity
Gov. Code 835 Conditions of liability
Veh. Code 21113 Public grounds
20 USC 1400-1482 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
28 CFR 35.104 Definitions, auxiliary aids and services
28 CFR 35.136 Service animals
29 USC 794 Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Section 504
Court Decision Sullivan v. Vallejo City USD, (1990) 731 F.Supp. 947
CSBA Publication Indoor Air Quality: Governing Board Actions for Creating Healthy School Environments, Policy Brief, July 2008
CSBA Publication Asthma Management in the Schools, Policy Brief, March 2008
Federal Register Rules and Regulations, September 15, 2010, Vol. 75, Number 178, pages 56164-56236
Website CSBA District and County Office of Education Legal Services
Website Humane Society of the United States
Website American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Website CSBA
Website U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights
0410 Nondiscrimination In District Programs And Activities
3320 Claims And Actions Against The District
3514 Environmental Safety
3530 Risk Management/Insurance
3541.2 Transportation For Students With Disabilities
5131.1 Bus Conduct
5141 Health Care And Emergencies
5141.21 Administering Medication And Monitoring Health Conditions
5141.22 Infectious Diseases
5141.23 Asthma Management
5142 Safety
6142.4 Service Learning/Community Service Classes
6159 Individualized Education Program
6164.4 Identification And Evaluation Of Individuals For Special Education
6164.6 Identification And Education Under Section 504
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