do private schools have the same rules as public regarding service dogs?

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  • Chris & Brian CrawfordChris & Brian Crawford Posts: 1,879Member
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    It really, really depends on the situation. While Service Dogs in the United States must legally be allowed to any PUBLIC place their disabled owner/handler goes, businesses and schools can also exclude them if there's a good reason. And, of course, the term "public" is open to discussion. A private school isn't necessarily considered a "public" place. An obvious reason that a business or school may disallow a dog or ask the handler to leave is if the dog is badly behaved or disrupts business - a service dog that barks or growls at people may be asked to leave a store or restaurant, for example. In schools, there's recently been a case where the judge ruled that if a student has an aide to help him at school, he cannot bring his service dog. The reasoning here was that if the student has a person to help him accomplish all the tasks his dog usually helps him with, he does not need the dog. The place to check with is the District School Board.
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