Cut Bank School District 


NONINSTRUCTIONAL OPERATIONS                                                                                             8425


Service Animals

For the purposes of this policy, state law defines a service animal as a dog or any other animal that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. Federal law definition of a disability includes a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals for the purposes of this definition.


The District shall permit the use of a miniature horse by an individual with a disability, according to the assessments factors as outlined in Policy 8425P, if the miniature horse has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of the individual with a disability. 


The Cut Bank School District will permit the use of service animals by an individual with a disability according to federal regulations.  The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the handler’s disability.  Examples of work or tasks include, but are not limited to, assisting individuals who are blind or have low vision with navigation and other tasks, alerting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to the presence of people or sounds, providing nonviolent protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, assisting an individual during a seizure, alerting individuals to the presence of allergens, retrieving items such as medicine or the telephone, providing physical support and assistance with balance and stability to individuals with mobility disabilities, and helping persons with psychiatric and neurological disabilities by preventing or interrupting impulsive or destructive behaviors.


The crime deterrent effects of an animal´s presence and the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship do not constitute work or tasks for the purposes of this definition.


The District may ask an individual with a disability to remove a service animal from the premises if:


The District is not responsible for the care or supervision of the service animal. 


Individuals with disabilities shall be permitted to be accompanied by their service animals in all areas of the District’s facilities where members of the public, participants in services, programs or activities, or invitees, as relevant, are allowed to go.


Cross Reference:                                      Policy 8425P                            Procedure for allowance of service animals

                                                      Policy 8425F                            Service Animals in District Facilities Form

                                                      Policy 2161                             Special Education

                                                      Policy 2162                             Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Legal Reference:                                      28 CFR 35.136                           Service Animals

                                                      28 CFR 35.104                           Definitions

                                                      49-4-203(2), MCA                        Definitions

Policy History:

Adopted on: November 13, 2012

Reviewed on:

Revised on: