Livonia, MI asked in Education Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for Michigan

Q: Do public schools in Michigan have a right to prohibit dogs on school property if they are on a leash?

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: In Michigan, public schools typically have the authority to establish rules and regulations regarding the presence of animals on school property, including dogs. While some schools may allow dogs on a leash under certain circumstances, such as for therapy or service dogs, others may choose to prohibit all dogs for safety and liability reasons.

The decision to allow or prohibit dogs on school property is often based on various factors, including the potential for disruptions, allergies, and concerns about the safety of students and staff. Additionally, schools may need to comply with local ordinances and regulations related to animal control and public safety.

If you have concerns about a school's policy regarding dogs on the premises, it may be helpful to review the school's policies and guidelines, as well as to communicate directly with school administrators to understand the rationale behind the policy and to discuss any accommodations that may be necessary. Ultimately, the school administration has the discretion to determine and enforce rules regarding the presence of dogs on school property.

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