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Animals on Campus Procedures………………...……………...………...Page 1


                                                        APPENDICES

National Science Teachers Association Guidelines for Responsible Use of
Animals in the Classroom………………………………………………………I


Hand-washing Instructions.…………………………………..……….…........II


Animal waste and Carcasses…………………………………………………..III

                                                             FORMS

Registration for Animals in the Classroom


Parent/Guardian Permission for Students to Interact with Animals in the
Classroom (Elementary and Secondary Levels)
                       Animals on Campus Procedures

Live Animals on campus Procedures
According to the Florida Department of Education:
“Live Animals can provide wonderful and fun educational opportunities, but every classroom
has children with allergies and asthma. Pet dander could trigger a life-threatening asthma attack.
Diseases such as salmonella have been linked to some pets such as turtles. The Florida
Department of Health performs inspections to ensure that pet cages are kept in a sanitary
condition. We recommend that each school district adopt its own policy for animals in the
classrooms. The most prudent policy would be to introduce the animal for its educational
purpose and when it is no longer used for educational purposes, it should be removed from the
classroom”.

Live Animal Presentations/Assemblies
Animals must be under the supervision and control of a trained Professional. At no time should
children handle or pet live animals being presented.

Elementary School Animals in the Classroom

    Unacceptable: Mammals, birds, poisonous/venomous species.

Live animals in classrooms are discouraged. Teachers wishing to use animals, not listed as
unacceptable, as part of a science lesson or other specific academic purpose may request
permission from principals on a case by case basis (see Registration for Animals in the
Classroom form). However, under no circumstances should students be cleaning habitats or
handling animals.


Secondary School Animals in the Classroom

    Unacceptable: Poisonous/venomous species, birds

Live animals in classrooms are discouraged. Teachers wishing to use animals as part of a science
lesson or other specific academic purpose may request permission from principals on a case by
case basis (see Registration for Animals in the Classroom form). Students may not clean
habitats or handle animals except under strict teacher supervision and with written parent
permission (Parent permission form). Teachers involving students in the handling of live
animals or cleaning of habitats must follow all NSTA animals in the classroom guidelines as
well as correct procedures for hand washing.

Annual Inventory of Animals on Campus
Principals should submit a completed annual animal inventory form from their school to the
Director of Security & Environmental Management, within the first quarter of each school year.
Appendix I

           NATIONAL SCIENCE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION
       GUIDELINES FOR RESPONSIBLE USE OF ANIMALS IN THE
                         CLASSROOM
These guidelines are recommended by the National Science Teachers Association for use by
science educators and students. It applies, in particular, to the use of non-human animals in
instructional activities planned and/or supervised by teachers who teach science at the pre-
college level.

Observation and experimentation with living organisms gives students unique perspectives of
life processes that are not provided by other modes of instruction. Studying animals in the
classroom enables students to develop skills of observation and comparison, a sense of
stewardship, and an appreciation for the unity, inter-relationships, and complexity of life. This
study, however, requires appropriate humane care of the organism. Teachers are expected to be
knowledgeable about the proper care of organisms under study and the safety of their students.

These are the guidelines recommended by NSTA concerning the responsible use of animals in a
school classroom/laboratory:
       Acquisition and care of animals must be appropriate to the species.
       Student classwork and science projects involving animals must be under the supervision
       of a science teacher or other trained professional.
       Teachers sponsoring or supervising the use of animals in instructional activities including
       acquisition, care, and disposition, will adhere to local, state, and national laws, policies
       and regulations regarding species of organisms.
       Teachers must instruct students on safety precautions for handling live animals or animal
       specimens.
       Plans for the future care or disposition of animals at the conclusion of a study must be
       developed and implemented.
       Laboratory and dissection activities must be conducted with consideration/appreciation
       for the organism. Laboratory and dissection activities must be conducted in a clean and
       organized work space with care and laboratory precision.
       Laboratory and dissection activities must be based on carefully planned objectives.
       Laboratory and dissection objectives must be appropriate to the maturity level of the
       student.
       Student views or beliefs sensitive to dissection must be considered; the teacher will
       respond appropriately. National Science Teachers Association July 1991.
Appendix II

HANDWASHING INSTRUCTIONS

Washing hands thoroughly and frequently avoids most contagious diseases.

Thoroughly means:
      Wet hands with running water
      Pump soap into palms
      Rub together to make lather
      Scrub hands vigorously for 15 seconds
      Rinse soap off of hands
      Dry hands

Frequently means:
      After going to the toilet
      After petting or handling animals
      Before eating
      Before preparing foods
Appendix III



Animal waste and Carcasses

Animal waste - will be bagged, sealed and put into a proper trash container for pick-up.

Waste water (fish tank) - can be disposed of by flushing it down a toilet or any sink where food
is NOT prepared.

Animal carcasses - should be double bagged in regular trash bags, tied shut, and disposed of in
our waste bins for pick-up.
            COLLIER COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
       REGISTRATION FOR ANIMALS IN THE CLASSROOM
School Name__________________________________________________________________________________

School Phone #________________ Fax #____________________Teacher’s Phone #_______________________

Responsible Teacher’s Name _____________________________________________________________________

Grade/subject taught ____________________________________________________________________________

Type of animal(s) housed ________________________________________________________________________

Number of animals housed. ___________ When (approximate dates) _____________________and where was/were

the animal(s) obtained? _________________________________________________________________________

How do you intend to use the animal in your classroom? _______________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________________________

Please review the list of provisions for animals in the classroom below and check off all those that you have
followed and have plans in place to provide:

       Suitable enclosure (sturdy cage/enclosure, adequate space, out of direct sunlight, out of
        drafts)

        Appropriate food and water supplies and containers

        Appropriate non-allergenic bedding materials

        Enclosure is adequately enriched

        Hand washing station and supplies are accessible to students

        Plans for extended weekends, breaks, and holidays (please describe below)

_____________________________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________________________

 I have reviewed and agree to follow the NSTA Guidelines for responsible use of animals in the classroom.
(See Appendix I)

 I have reviewed and agree to follow the hand washing guidelines.
(See Appendix II).


Teacher’s signature ___________________________________________________Date ____________________


Principal’s signature___________________________________________________Date____________________
                         COLLIER COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
                          PARENT/GUARDIAN PERMISSION
                                          Elementary Level Only

          FOR STUDENT TO INTERACT WITH PETS/ANIMALS IN THE CLASSROOM
            CLASSROOM TEACHER: PLEASE COMPLETE THIS SECTION.

School Name                                          School Phone #                Fax #________________

Type of animal to be housed or brought into the classroom for instruction (complete one form for each different
animal species) _______________________________________________________________________

How will the animals be used in the classroom? Include grade and academic subject being taught (please explain
the curriculum plan)._____________________________________________________________


Printed Teacher’s Name                                             Teacher’s Phone #________________

Teacher’s Signature                                                 Date: _________________________




PARENT/LEGAL GUARDIAN: PLEASE COMPLETE THE PERMISSION/AUTHORIZATION
BELOW

Please check the appropriate box below:

             I give permission for my child to be in the classroom with the animal, but not to include caring,
              feeding or handling of the animal described in this document.

             I do not give permission for my child to be present with the above described animal.


Student’s Name Printed: __________________________

Parent/Guardian Name Printed:                              Relationship to student: _______________
Parent/Guardian Signature:                                                 Date: _________________

Home phone:                   Business phone:              Emergency phone number: ____________
                         COLLIER COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
                          PARENT/GUARDIAN PERMISSION
                                           Secondary Level Only

          FOR STUDENT TO INTERACT WITH PETS/ANIMALS IN THE CLASSROOM
            CLASSROOM TEACHER: PLEASE COMPLETE THIS SECTION.

School Name                                           School Phone #                Fax #________________

Type of animal to be housed or brought into the classroom for instruction (complete one form for each different
animal species) _______________________________________________________________________

How will the animals be used in the classroom? Include grade and academic subject being taught (please explain
the curriculum plan)._____________________________________________________________


Printed Teacher’s Name                                              Teacher’s Phone #________________

Teacher’s Signature                                                  Date: _________________________




PARENT/LEGAL GUARDIAN: PLEASE COMPLETE THE PERMISSION/AUTHORIZATION
BELOW

Please check the appropriate box below:

             I give permission for my child to interact/participate, assist with care and feeding in supervised
              classroom activities that may include handling the animal(s) described in this document when
              appropriate. (Secondary classrooms only)

             I only give permission for my child to be in the classroom with the animal, but not to include
              caring, feeding or handling of the animal described in this document.

             I do not give permission for my child to be present with the above described animal.


Student’s Name Printed: __________________________

Parent/Guardian Name Printed:                               Relationship to student: _______________
Parent/Guardian Signature:                                                  Date: _________________

Home phone:                   Business phone:               Emergency phone number: ____________

								
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