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Massena Central college board approves first studying of remedy canine coverage

Jun. 26—MASSENA — The Massena Central Faculty District Board of Schooling has authorized the primary studying of a coverage governing remedy canine after the district’s Coverage Committee addressed issues raised by board members at a earlier assembly.

The coverage had beforehand been despatched again for Coverage Committee assessment after college board members questioned a number of the language. The coverage had been on the agenda for approval in the course of the April assembly however was defeated.

Board president Paul A. Haggett, vice chairman Amber L. Baines and Jodele L. Hammock voted to approve the primary studying, and Kevin F. Perretta, Loren J. Fountaine, Robert M. LeBlanc, Patricia F. Murphy and Timothy J. Hayes voted towards it.

Board members questioned the timing of the coaching and certification of the canine, both earlier than the canine is allowed in class or as soon as within the college. A remedy canine is at present in use at J.W. Leary Junior Excessive Faculty.

The preliminary coverage stated that the canine should be educated and authorized earlier than it may be within the constructing, however then stated coaching can be accomplished within the constructing.

“It would not make sense. I agree that you just say it has to have this standards and then you definitely enable it to occur on the premises. So we must always change the coverage to mirror that so it really says what it means,” Mr. Fountaine stated in the course of the board’s April assembly. “The way in which I learn that’s that they can’t be authorized until they’ve had the coaching, after which the canine has not had the coaching. I believe the wording must be modified. It isn’t a matter of whether or not I disagree with the coverage. However the way in which it is written appears to type of contradict itself.”

That has since been amended, Mr. Perretta stated in the course of the board’s assembly final week.

“The most important competition with the remedy canine coverage was the assertion that the remedy canine can be allowed to finish its coaching within the college,” he stated. “That was kind of counterintuitive to the minimal necessities of that remedy canine, and in order that was the crux of the arguments forwards and backwards. In the end what we agreed to was, if that assertion goes away, that the remedy canine can mechanically full its coaching in class. Then probably, possibly, the board will settle for it.”

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Throughout the April assembly, Mr. Perretta additionally shared his concern concerning the interplay between the canine and college students.

“The primary paragraph of this coverage says that the remedy canine might be allowed underneath the supervision of a staff or within the college counselor’s workplace. We beforehand established that there is a mechanism in place to ask the query of who does or would not wish to be across the canine,” he stated throughout that assembly. “If the canine is wandering all around the college, how do you defend anybody who’s uncomfortable with the canine?”

That, too, has been addressed, he stated eventually week’s assembly.

“There was a further assertion advocating for the rights of anybody who has an aversion to canine and clearly stating that they’ve some protections inside that coverage, pupil or workers,” Mr. Perretta stated. “So, a further assertion concerning that was added to that coverage.”

With the amendments, the board unanimously handed the primary studying of the coverage.

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