Last updated: June 01. 2013 11:39AM - 145 Views
Darcie Dyer
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The Elkin City School Board approved a policy at Monday night’s meeting that will limit student and animal interactions on school campus.

Policy #4266 regarding animals in schoolS was approved, meaning regulations will be implemented for animals on campus.

“We have to be concerned with our students’ health, and we were running into some situations where pets were being brought to schools and games,” Superintendent Randy Bledsoe said. “There has been a lot of talk with superintendents across the state, and a lot of districts are opting to add the pets policy for the safety of the students and general public. I brought it to my board’s attention, we talked about it, and we decided it was time to be pro-active before something happened to a student because of an unapproved animal being on campus.”

With the passing of the policy, Elkin City Schools will follow Guidelines for Animals in North Carolina Schools.

“[Guidelines for Animals in North Carolina Schools] tells of some animals that are not allowed at any time, such as venomous snakes, but then it gives the guidelines by which the principal can determine what animals are okay in the classroom setting,” said Bledsoe.

Elkin City School Board also approved policy #4202 which allows service animals in school when necessary.

Reach Darcie Dyer at 835-1513 or ddyer@heartlandpublications.com.

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