Williamsville Central School District approves of animals in classrooms, including therapy dogs

Posted at 2:01 AM, Aug 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-22 02:02:56-04

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Williamsville Central School District approves of allowing animals in classrooms for the 2019-2020 school year, including the use of therapy dogs.

Those looking to take advantage of the adopted policy must seek approval from the building principal prior to the animal being allowed into the school.

These animals can be used in study hall and for other educational purposes.

Study Halls must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Adequate food and clean drinking water
  • Appropriate quarters
  • Proper lighting, temperature control, and ventilation
  • Quarters which shall be cleaned on a regular basis and located in an area where undue stress and disturbances are minimized
  • Sufficient space for the normal behavior and postural requirements of the species

An important note is these animals are not allowed on district school busses, with the exception of those used for students with disabilities.