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Pet Policy Notice
#1- King County code numbers are stamped on the Pet Signs. County code "legally and enforce ably prohibits dogs from being allowed to run unleashed on school grounds."
#2- The District adds language: "dogs are also not allowed on school grounds during the hours when school children are present - leashed or unleashed." This language isn't posted on the Pet signs; it's unenforceable by the city and county. This is a problem.
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The district emailed the following update to the 2005 Pet Policy, though the date on the document doesn't reflect the update. It spells out the King County Code governing pets in schools and expands on the code to require "during non-student hours dogs must be leashed....."
The Puget Sound Risk Management Pool recommends that dogs not be brought to the schools. King County Code 11.04.230 (which applies to all jurisdictions in King County) prohibits dogs from being allowed to run unleashed on school grounds. The King County Code also requires that if a dog does bite a person, it must be reported to the King County Health Department and the animal be placed in quarantine for 10 days.
In order to ensure our schools are safe and comfortable for all inhabitants, the district has developed the following requirements regarding dogs in and on school grounds:
Dogs are not allowed in the school or classroom unless they are serving as a bonafide service dog to a staff member, parent, child or visitor. In such cases, an up to date vaccination record must be provided for the animal.
The decision to allow service dogs in training will be left up to each site administrator. However, they must also provide an up to date vaccination record.
Parents should be advised that dogs are not allowed in the school. Dogs are also not allowed on school grounds during the hours in which school children are present. [Comment: This is not a county code requirement. It's a district requirement and that probably can't be enforced].
King County Code requires that dog bites will be reported to the King County Health Department and the dog may be placed in quarantine for 10 days.
During non-student hours dogs must be leashed in accordance with King County Code 11.04.230.
There is another class of dogs, the registered therapy dog, for which a school may want to grant an exception. Therapy dogs are specially trained dogs that might be of assistance to schools in working with students with learning disabilities as well as emotional, developmental, behavior and traumatic / grief issues. In order for registered therapy dogs to be permitted in the classroom the following is required:
>> The school’s guidance team must approve the use of a registered therapy dog for a specific student or group of students.
>>The teacher in which the dog would be present must agree to the having the dog in her or his classroom. Should the teacher agree but later find the dog is not serving the overall best interest of the classroom, the teacher may require the dog be removed from the classroom.
>>Parents of the children with whom the therapy dog will be used must approve of the use and must sign a waiver of liability for the school district.
>>An up to date vaccination record must be provided for the animal.
>>The dog and handler must have completed a course of instruction for therapy dogs as approved by the Delta Society or other competent organization and must provide appropriate proof of liability insurance.
>>The dog will be removed from the school if a student or staff member in the classroom or school complains of allergies related to dogs.
"Pets & Schools" Memorandum, By Scott Emry, 2005. LWSD, Risk Management administratorOpinion and Report by Bob Yoder, 6/17/11
Updated and Republished on 10/4/2011
CC: LWSD and LWPTSA Council
Sources: 2005 Pet Policy related emails (2010 bl& 2011) from Janene Fogard and Kathryn Reith
My daughter and her friend, the signage, the Horace Mann Principal, City of Redmond Municipal Code. KCC code.
Redmond Municipal Ordinance No. 7.04.200 was repealed by Ordinance 2536 which gives King County Ordinance 11.04.170-230 full jurisdiction over city animal control laws. The Redmond code can be removed from new signs allowing room to add "dogs forbidden when school children present".