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Document 1: Parent Notification Regarding Animals Present In Classroom

Dear Parents/Gardians,

There are many benefits of having animals in the classroom. According to the National Science Teachers Association and the National Association of School Nurses, animals are effective teaching aids and encourage caring skills and responsibility in students. The study of animals can be useful not only to the students, but also to the learning process.

The practice of keeping animals in the classroom will be carefully monitored. If there is any reason your child should not be in contact or in the environment with any of these animals (allergies, asthma or a health condition) please indicate in the space provided and the animals will not be introduced in the classroom. The teacher shall remove the animal from the classroom and/or provide an alternative instructional activity as appropriate.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call or e-mail me.

Sincerely,

(Principal or Designee)

Animal List:

_____ Yes, my child may be in an environment with the animals listed above.

_____ No, my child should not be in an environment with the animals listed above.

Document # 2: Parent Guidelines for Visiting Animals

To limit the risk of injury and transmission of disease from animals to students and teachers, the following guidelines must be followed to bring a visiting animal to any classroom:

The following animals will NOT be allowed in any classroom:

• Poisonous insects, spiders, reptiles, and lizards

• Wolf-dog hybrids

• Stray animals

• Wild animals (Bats, skunks, rabbits, snakes, turtles, lizards, etc.)

• Kittens/puppies that are less than 4-months-old

When an animal is brought into the classroom, the following requirements must be met:

• Verification of rabies vaccination (dogs, cats, ferrets) by a veterinarian must be presented

• Animals must be on a leash or caged

• Parent(s) or responsible guardian must be present for the duration of the animal's visit

• Arrangements for visit must be prearranged with the teacher

• Check the animal to see that it is not infested with fleas, ticks, and/or mites

I have read the above and will provide the necessary documents required for animal visits in the classroom.

Parent/Guardian Signature Date

This form is to be signed and returned to the classroom teacher

Document 3: Permission to Bring Guide Dogs, Signal Dogs, and Service Dogs on

School Property or to School-sponsored Programs /Activities

WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY

In consideration for receiving permission from the San Carlos School District (the "District") to bring a guide dog, signal dog, or service dog on school property and/or to school-sponsored programs and activities, I,____________________, the undersigned, agree to the following waiver and release of liability and make the following representations

I understand, acknowledge, and agree that bringing a guide dog, signal dog, or service dog on school property or to school-sponsored programs or activities presents the potential for property damage, death or serious injury, and/or illness to myself, my child, students, district employees, and/or other third parties.

I understand, acknowledge, and agree that at all times while on school property or at school-sponsored programs and/or activities, I am (or my child is) bringing the guide dog, signal dog, or service dog at my (or my child's) own risk.

I hereby certify that my (or my child's) dog has received proper individualized training and certification to be a guide dog, signal dog, or service dog. I further certify that I (or my child) have received proper individualized training and/or certification to handle, control, and supervise a guide dog, signal dog, or service dog.

I understand, acknowledge, and agree that my (or my child's) dog shall remain properly harnessed or on a leash at all times while on school property or at school-sponsored programs or activities and shall wear an identification tag at all times that identifies the dog as a guide

dog, signal dog, or service dog.

I understand, acknowledge, and agree that I (or my child) shall be responsible for the care and conduct of the dog at all times while on school property or at school-sponsored programs or activities.

I understand, acknowledge, and agree that I (or my child) shall be responsible for the cleanliness of the dog at all times while on school property or at school-sponsored programs or activities to protect the health and safety of others.

I do hereby forever release, discharge, indemnify, and hold harmless the District and its trustees, officers, employees, agents, insurers, contractors, servants, and volunteers from or against any and all claims or demands on any child or myself, students, District employees and/or other third parties for personal injury, illness, medical expenses and death as well as property damages and expenses of any nature whatsoever caused by my (or my child's) dog while on school property or at school-sponsored programs or activities.

In the event a third party brings a claim and/or demand against the District and/or its trustees, officers, employees, agents, insurers, contractors, servants, or volunteers for personal injury, illness, medical expenses' death, property damage, or any other expense whatsoever caused by my or (child's dog) while on school property or at school-sponsored programs or activities, I hereby agree to assume any and all liability resulting from such claims and/or demands and to pay any and all legal fees and costs which the District and/or its trustees, officers, employees, agents, insurers, contractors, servants, or volunteers may incur to respond to or defend such claims and/or demands.

The release and discharge of liability herein includes, but is not necessarily limited to all claims, demands, losses, causes of action, suits and/or judgments of any and every kind that may occur as a result of my (or my child's) dog's actions while on school property or at school-sponsored programs or activities.

If I am a parent or legal guardian of a student under eighteen (18) years of age, I have read and voluntarily agree that said minor has my permission to bring his/her guide dog, signal dog, or service dog on school property and/or to school-sponsored programs and activities and I sign release on his/her behalf.

I HAVE READ THIS DOCUMENT IN ITS ENTIRETY AND FULLY UNDERSTAND ITS CONTENT. I UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS A WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY BETWEEN THE DISTRICT AND MYSELF. I VOLUNTARILY SIGN MY NAME AS EVIDENCE OF MY ACCEPTANCE OF ALL THE PROVISIONS IN THIS WAIVER AND RELEASE AND MY AGREEMENT TO BE BOND BY THEM.

User of Guide Dog, Signal Dog, or Service Dog

Signature

Parent/ Legal Guardian Signature, if Individual is a

minor under the age of 18

San Carlos School District Regulation

San Carlos School District

Exhibit SAN CARLOS SCHOOL DISTRICT

version: June 25, 2015 San Carlos, California