The Starpoint board of schooling adopted a brand new coverage concerning how service animals are to be labeled and controlled. The vote to undertake the coverage handed unanimously at Monday’s board of schooling assembly.
Starpoint superintendent Sean M. Croft said that the district had no coverage in place for service animals previous to this, and that this was really useful by the household of a pupil who makes use of a service canine.
“We knew that we were having service animals come into the district,” stated Croft, “so we wanted to get our policy up to speed so that it would be appropriate for this one, and future service animals.”
The new coverage says that service animals are to be outlined by the district as canine which were educated to assist people with disabilities. Croft said that this definition was largely as a consequence of suggestions from the district’s authorized division, and that if a household had been to strategy the district with a non-canine service animal, the board can be open to revising the coverage.
“In each case where we’re approached by a parent filling out a form for a service animal, if there was a case where there was a different type of animal, then the board would revisit the policy and adjust it accordingly,” stated Croft.
The solely exception that exists on this model of the coverage is in regard to miniature horses. Miniature horses may be given an exemption standing as service animals by the district, and may be permitted so long as it’s in accordance with state and federal legal guidelines. Croft said that this was additionally a advice by the district’s authorized division, and that there have been no requests for service miniature horses at the moment.
The coverage additionally offers authority to the superintendent to create procedures concerning the utilization of service animals and miniature horses on faculty grounds. With all issues thought of, Croft is joyful that the vote handed with none “neighs.”