Guidelines For The Accommodation Of Service Dogs

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EDA 6232: SPRING 2017: Law and Ethics in Education Leadership
April 17, 2017
Rhonda Howell
Proposed Policy/Procedure for the Accommodation of Service Dogs in K-12 Schools
University of North Florida

Policy/Procedure Proposal: Service Dogs
This policy is a proposed policy to govern service dogs within the district. In Fry v. Napoleon Community Schools, there was no policy or guidelines for implementing service dogs as an accommodation for students. IDEA requires public schools to provide all children with disabilities a “free appropriate public education” (FAPE). Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act requires schools to make appropriate modifications to the educational environment for children with
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IEP/504 Plan Specifications for service dog accommodations for students will be written into an IEP or 504 Plan. For students in need of a service dog accommodation who do not have a current IEP or 504 Plan, the parent(s) may call the school to request a meeting to convene the IEP/504 team in order to determine which document would be most appropriate for the student. If a student has a current IEP or 504 Plan and requires a service dog accommodation, the parent(s) of the student may request that an addendum be written to add the accommodation to the IEP or 504 Plan.
According to Florida Statute 413.08-2d, a service dog is, “an animal that is trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.”
Service dogs must be trained (for service dogs, see § 413.08 – 2D of the Florida Statutes, and 28 CFR §§ 35.104; 36.104). Though under the ADA and Florida statutes takes the position that a public entity, which includes a school division, may not require proof of service animal certification or licensing because this would “increase the expense of acquiring a service animal and might limit access to service animals for individuals with limited financial resources” (Federal Register,

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