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Can my child have a service animal in school?

How do you determine when it is appropriate for a service animal to assist a child in school?According to the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, the "work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability."

For example, if a child has a seizure disorder and the service dog is specifically trained to alert when the child is about to have a seizure then protects that child during the seizure, the dog's work and training is directly related to the child's disability. If a student has a visual impairment, a service dog will guide them through the school and has been specifically trained to do so.

The students with the service animals must maintain control over their service animals.

An emotional support or therapy dog does not qualify as a service animal, because the dog will not be providing assistance that required training directly related to a student's disability.

For more information from the U.S. Department of Justice:


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