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Service Animals in Schools

The Clover Park Board of Directors acknowledges its responsibility to permit students and/or adults with disabilities to be accompanied by a “service animal” as required by federal laws and Washington State’s law against discrimination. This policy governs the presence of service animals in the schools, on school property, including school buses and at school activities.

A “service animal” means an animal that is trained and certified for the purpose of assisting or accommodating a disabled person’s sensory, mental or physical disability.

The parent/guardian of a student who believes the student needs to bring a service animal to school must submit a written request to the building principal. The building principal, in consultation with the Section 504 coordinator or director of special services, as appropriate, will determine whether or not to permit the service animal in school.

An employee who needs to bring a service animal to school, must submit a written request to the district 504 Coordinator. This person, in consultation with Human Resources department leaders, will determine whether or not to permit the service animal in school.


Cross Reference: Board Policy 2029 Animals as Part of the Instructional Program
2161 Education of Students with Disabilities
2162 Education of Students with Disabilities  Under Section 504
3210 Nondiscrimination
5010 Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action


Legal References: American Disabilities Act (ADA), Revised Title II Regulations, §35 Service animals Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
RCW 28A.642 Discrimination Prohibition
RCW 49.60.040  Definitions
WAC 162-26 Public accomodations, disability discrimination
WAC 392-145-021(3) General Operating Requirements
WAC 392-172A-01035 Child with a Disability or Student eligible for Special Education
WAC 392-172A-01155(3) Related Services
WAC 392-190 Equal Educational Opportunity unlawful discrimination prohibited


Adoption Date: 07.09.12

Clover Park School District