Service Animals in PreK-12 Schools: Legal and Policy Implications for School Leaders

Date
2020-05-19
Authors
Ewoldt, Kathy B.
Dieterich, Cynthia A.
Brady, Kevin P.
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Publisher
Sage
Abstract

Despite increasing animal prevalence in public spaces, few districts have proactively developed policies to integrate assistance, therapy, service, and emotional support animals that are both legally sound and support the needs of individual students. Federal legislation defines a variety of animals that could accompany students, but only those trained to perform a specific disability-related task are considered service animals. Policy development to address the increasing prevalence of service animals on school campuses has not been widely examined. This article uses standard legal analysis to gather data from court rulings in the United States; uses secondary sources such as peer-reviewed journals, special education journals, and professional organizations; and provides recommendations on how to develop a sound service animal policy and procedures.

Description
Final published version available at https://doi.org/10.1177/0192636520923394
Keywords
guide dog, service animal, school policy, accomodations, disabilities
Citation
Ewoldt, K. B., Dieterich, C. A., & Brady, K. P. (2020). Service Animals in PreK-12 Schools: Legal and Policy Implications for School Leaders. NASSP Bulletin, 104(3), 220-234.
Department
Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching