And the teacher says.....

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And the teacher says.....
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Thu, 08-26-2010 - 12:27pm

This report hit the news yesterday in my area.

Sherry

 

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Sat, 08-28-2010 - 10:30pm

Okay lets weigh the pros and cons based on the environment I WORK IN:


Pro: I am a dog mom.

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Sat, 08-28-2010 - 6:44pm

We are seeing more and more public preschools in this area.

Sherry

 

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Sat, 08-28-2010 - 6:15pm
I am betting there must be something more to this story.... maybe the mom was obnoxious and rude about it at the very beginning and put someone's back up. Or maybe there are other issues they are not mentioning. We don't have a lot of public school preschools in Washington - generally only special needs children, or federally supported head-start. I REALLY can't imagine a special education class turning away a student like this. It is just unfathomable!
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Sat, 08-28-2010 - 10:08am

As of yesterday the mother had hired a lawyer and the school was still making excuses.

Sherry

 

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Sat, 08-28-2010 - 1:25am

We actually had a teacher on staff a few years back who had a seizure-assistance service dog. These animals are so well trained, there is no reason they should not be allowed. They need more proof? The child has seizures! The dog can sense them and get the child help sooner! How can they NOT see the sense in this???????????? I am not an animal person at all, but I would have absolutely NO problem with it, and I can't believe any teacher would. We provide all kinds of accommodations for children with less medical "proof" of their condition, this is no different. Sorry, but I think the superintendent is an idiot.

The only problem I can see would be other children who might have allergies, which would have to result in that child being in a different classroom. There might be little ones afraid of dogs, but I am sure that whoever trained the dog could come and help the students acclimate and teach the other children about the difference between a service dog and a pet. That might be hard with pre-schoolers, but not impossible.

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