Hanover School Board drafts new policy on service animals

2013-10-19T19:33:00Z Hanover School Board drafts new policy on service animalsMary Wilds Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
October 19, 2013 7:33 pm  • 

CEDAR LAKE | Hanover Community School Corp. officials are working on a new policy regarding service animals on school property.

There have been a number of occasions when residents have brought service animals that aid people with disabilities to school events, Superintendent Thomas Taylor said.

Some students also have wanted to bring service animals either on school property or on school buses, he said.

The new policy on service animals is being discussed. Trustees reviewed a draft, and Taylor discussed various points during the board meeting. No action was taken.

The policy will lay out, among other things, parameters for bringing service animals into school-owned vehicles or buildings and the processes by which to do so.

Most service animals are dogs, though some monkeys and miniature horses have been trained to assist the disabled.

Service animal owners would have to meet specified requirements, such as vaccination records, under the draft being considered.

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