Wake Ed

Wake County to discuss new policy on animals in schools

The Wake County school system may get into the business of regulating how animals can be brought to schools as classroom pets and for other educational purposes.

The school board’s policy committee will discuss Tuesday a proposed policy governing the use of live animals in classrooms. The policy includes things such as how these animals must be housebroken and how parents must be notified so their children can opt out of being around the animals.

This new policy is separate from one already on the books that allows students to bring service animals to schools.

Other topics on Tuesday’s agenda include an update on how the district’s policy manual is being changed to mirror the N.C. School Boards Association’s format and policies on program evaluation; curriculum and assessment decisions; curriculum management and the audit committee.

Before the policy committee meeting, the school system’s audit committee will meet to review RFPs for external financial audit services and develop a recommendation to the school board.

After the policy committee meeting, the school board will hold its recognition meeting. They’ll give awards to 46 students and 19 employees.