Animals on School Property

Mon, 09/12/2022 - 11:54am

We are writing to remind all parents and extended family members that HCPSS policy is that NO DOGS ARE ALLOWED ON THE SCHOOL SITE (with the exception of guide dogs). We would urge parents to speak to extended family members who may not be aware of our policy, to avoid any upset or embarrassment should a staff member approach them.

Animals in schools or offices, whether leashed or not, present safety, environmental, and liability issues. Students and staff may be exposed to potential physical hazards, such as bites, and/or allergy-related health problems. Please remember that many younger children can be scared and intimidated by dogs and may not always know how to react to them. As a result, animals are prohibited within HCPSS buildings and are also prohibited from school system property during arrival, dismissal, recess, and other HCPSS-sponsored outdoor activities. The health and safety of the children is our utmost concern.

Thank you in advance for helping us maintain a safe and welcoming environment for all members of our school community.