Whilst it is a fineable offence for dogs to be on school grounds, it is not an offence if the Principal gives permission for the dog to be there.
Historically, the Principal at Stanmore PS has given permission for dogs belonging to our families to be on the grounds under certain conditions.
The conditions are:
- Dogs are to be leashed at all times;
- Dogs are to be under the direct supervision of an adult at all times – they cannot be tethered and left unattended;
- Their owners must clean up after them.
- Parents, who do not comply with these conditions, will be required to refrain from bringing their dogs onto the school grounds.
The reasons for permitting our families to bring their dogs onto the site are two-fold. On the one hand, the school seeks to cultivate a sense of community around the school and, in that context, being able to walk the family dog, whilst dropping children at school or picking them up, fits within that philosophy. On the other hand, both dogs and children are unpredictable, which requires absolute care on behalf of the dog owners to ensure the safety of the students. Most dogs are well socialised and will not pose a threat if their owners are vigilant and ensure children do not approach their dogs in ways that may alarm them.
Any dog, not yet well socialised, should not come onto school grounds until they are fully socialised.
The continuance of the practice of allowing family dogs to visit the site under the supervision of parents is dependent on the cooperation of dog owners to ensure the practice remains trouble free. If that were not to be the case, the practice would be subject to review.