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Animals are generally not allowed on location premises without special written permission from the person in charge. However, under laws protecting the disabled, staff members and students with a qualifying disability may be allowed to bring a service or emotional support animal onto parish or school premises. If the animal is an emotional support animal, the staff member or student may be required to provide documentation from a medical professional that the animal provides support that alleviates a symptom or effect of the staff member's or student's disability. A pet kept for companionship is not considered a service or emotional support animal.

The staff member or student must be in control of the service or emotional support animal at all times and is responsible for its health and welfare. A service or emotional support animal may be removed if it is a direct threat to the safety of others, is disruptive and interferes with the workplace or educational program, or creates an unsanitary condition. In its Disability Rights Section, the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division answers commonly asked questions about service animals in places of business.

Note: Clergy residing at a location may keep pets as long as the pets comply with local ordinances and arrangements have been made with the principal to assure student safety and health.


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