Exposure to live animals places students at risk for animal bites, allergic reactions, and infection from animal vectors. Furred and feathered animals are common triggers for students with allergies and asthma. Reptiles are frequent carriers of infectious diseases. Access to all animals on school property should be limited, so that no animal roams freely.
Animals should be eliminated from regular classrooms. Animals necessary for certain curricula, such as biology or animal husbandry/vocational-agricultural programs, should be carefully confined in suitable, sanitary, self-contained enclosures appropriate to the size of the animal. Staff must be responsible for ensuring that enclosures are kept in a sanitary condition. Prior to introducing any animals into the classroom, school staff must verify that students and school personnel have no known allergy to that animal and that animals are free from any diseases or parasites. Animals must present no physical danger to students and contact should be limited to instructional purposes. Students must be fully supervised during all points of animal contact.
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