Prompt Establishment of Animals in Schools Policy and Procedures

Resolution Number: 

2015-06
Resolution

WHEREAS some Island schools have piloted innovative, popular, and successful projects that utilize animals within their schools to support curriculum outcomes, enhance student learning, personal and emotional development, and build school-community relationships, and

WHEREAS the health, safety, and wellbeing of students, teachers, staff, and animals in a shared school environment must be given full respect, and

WHEREAS the importance of interacting with animals and nature is well-established as essential to students learning; however, schools in urban environments have less access to natural areas where students can observe and interact with animals; additionally, students living in low-income households often have less access to companion animals in their homes and

WHEREAS some students require, or would benefit from, having service or companion animals with them or present in their school; and some students would benefit from lessons that incorporate the presence of animals and

WHEREAS there is a gap in school board policy and procedures that currently limits a school’s ability to support the presence of animals in schools, negotiate agreements or moderate differences of interest related to animals in schools, or plan for programming that could include animals.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the PEIHSF request the English Language School Board to expedite the development of policies and procedures related to the presence of animals in schools and establish these to be in place no later than the 2015- 2016 school calendar year

Consideration

Status: 

Passed
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Destination: 

Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
English Language School Board
Responses Received

Responses: 

English Language School Board:   Animals in schools can provide unique learning opportunities and experiences for students.   The English Language School Board is working on the development of operational policy and procedures to provide guidance for the inclusion of animals in schools.  The continuation of this work is included in the Board’s policy priorities. (October 15, 2015)

 

Education, Early Learning and Culture:  As this resolution relates to the operations of the school board, I will defer this to the English Language School Board for their response.  (October 20, 2015)