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Policy 602 Animal Care

Public Consultation and Policy Feedback

Public consultation on this draft policy is now closed. 

The Upper Grand District School Board recognizes that animals have educational value in the school setting, but only under conditions that ensure the safety and well-being of the students, staff, and animals.  The policy and procedures for 602 – Animals in the Classroom have been updated to identify the responsibilities of principals and teachers before bringing an animal into the classroom, during the animal’s stay, and once the animal’s stay is over.  The procedures distinguish between resident and visiting animals.  References to procedures relating to animal research have been removed as there are no longer any dissections of living animals occurring in UGDSB schools.  The policy name was changed to be more representative of the policy scope.

This policy is important for students, staff, school councils, parents and guardians, and community members because everyone plays a role in maintaining a healthy and safe learning and working environment in our schools when animals are present.

Draft Policies and Procedures


Public consultation on this draft policy is now closed.

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Policy Statement

It is the policy of the Board to recognize the educational value of caring for and using animals within the classroom and to provide them with a safe and healthy environment.


First adopted: February 1998
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