304R-D - Animal Utilization and Care

There is value in observation, study, and research by all students in the Frederick County Schools of the living creatures within the immediate environment.  It is a vital aspect of human growth and development to be exposed to a well-planned instructional approach in the study of living things.  

While education in this area is most important, it is necessary to develop some specific guidelines to insure that health and sanitary conditions are maintained and that the welfare and safety of both animals and people are assured. 

Procedures, conditions, and guidelines relating to all animals, reptiles, fish, birds, etc. should be developed and enforced. 

The following regulations are approved by the Frederick County School Board:


1.         Instructional units of work extending beyond a one day period of time involving the utilization of all animals, reptiles, birds, etc. for research, demonstration, and observation purposes must be approved by the principal or assistant principal of each school. 

2.         The sharing of pets in an individual classroom for a period of time not exceeding one day is encouraged and permitted with the approval of the principal or assistant principal. 

3.         Aquariums (fish only) are allowed for a period of time and under circumstances and conditions approved by the principal or assistant principal. 

4.         Dangerous or wild creatures are not allowed.  Discretion as to the definition of "dangerous or wild creatures" is the responsibility of the principal or assistant principal. 

5.         All animals, reptiles, birds, etc. must be transported to school in conveyances other than vehicles (buses, automobiles) operated by the Frederick County School Board.  Safe containers with adequate provision for food and water are recommended for the welfare of both animals and people.




Approved:        September 7, 1976