Some Animals Will be Permitted in Halton Schools
Some animals may soon be permitted in Halton schools.
According to a recent press release, the Ontario government proposed a legislative amendment which, if passed, would support students and their families when making requests to bring service animals into Ontario schools and classrooms.
The proposed amendment would provide school boards with assistance on service animals when it comes to developing their own policies.
“Families of students with special needs deserve a clear and transparent process for requesting that service animals be able to accompany their children, no matter where they live,” Lisa Thompson, Minister of Education, said in a recent press release.
“Every family in this province should feel supported when it comes to ensuring their child has access to a meaningful education.”
If the legislation is approved, all members of the public will have the chance to offer input on the policy directive that would be issued to boards.
Currently only 39 of 72 school boards across the province have policies in place to address the need for service animals in schools.
This often results parents facing challenges to support their child’s special needs.