Date Approved: May 10 2017
1. If an animal is to be brought into a school, its inclusion must be relevant and integral to meeting learning goals.
2. The school principal must grant permission prior to the introduction of any live animal to a school.
3. If approved, the school must take reasonable steps to ensure, before an animal is brought in, that:
4. The care of the animal, including any costs incurred, is the responsibility of the school. Normally a teacher who has arranged for the animals presence in the school is responsible.
5. Animals cannot be allowed to roam freely in the school.
6. Provisions for non-instructional days must be made. These provisions must include a plan to address unplanned school closures.
7. The suitability of a classroom as an appropriate living space for an animal must be determined with respect to:
8. Animals in the classroom must be considered when planning for evacuation for fire, earthquake, and other emergencies.
9. In accordance with the BC Wildlife Act, a permit* is required before any native (and some non-native local) species can be kept in the classroom.
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