Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Why We Homeschool #4

I received the following email today from the Education Powers That Be.
The important parts are highlighted in red.
The gist of the whole thing is "NO CLASS PETS"

*The Center for Disease Control has announced an outbreak of human Salmonella associated with water frogs in 31 states including California. Amphibians such as frogs and reptiles such as turtles, are recognized as a source of human Salmonella infections. This outbreak has been associated due to contact with water frogs including African Dwarf Frogs. Water frogs commonly live in aquariums or fish tanks.

It is important for the protection of health and safety of students and staff that Board Policy 400.57 be followed, specific that:

All animals brought to school must be:

1. In good physical condition;

2. Vaccinated against transmittable diseases;

3. In clean, safe and suitable cages or containers or otherwise appropriately controlled;

4. Accompanied by a statement from a California licensed veterinarian that certifies that the animal is free from all communicable diseases and suitable for children of the age range of the animal’s intended classroom placement (Administrative Regulation 400.57, p. 1) .

In addition the following hygiene practices are recommended to be followed:

  • Always wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after touching any amphibian (e.g., frog) or reptile (e.g, turtle), their housing, or anything (for example, food) that comes in contact with them or their housing. Adults should assist young children with hand washing.
  • Always wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after cleaning habitats.
  • Amphibians (e.g., frogs) and reptiles (e.g., turtles) should not be kept in child-care centers.
  • Do not allow amphibians or reptiles to roam freely through the classroom, especially in food preparation areas.
  • Keep amphibians and reptiles out of kitchens and other areas where food and drink is prepared or served to prevent contamination.
  • Habitats and their contents should be carefully cleaned outside of the classroom. Use disposable gloves when cleaning and do not dispose of water in sinks used for food preparation or for obtaining drinking water.
  • Do not bathe animals or their habitats in sinks where food is prepared or drinking water is obtained.
  • Children aged <5>
  • Watch for symptoms of Salmonella infection, such as diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. Call your health care provider if you or a family member have any of these symptoms

Additionally, it is strongly advised that water frogs and other amphibians not be allowed at school until this outbreak can be contained.*

This is one of our "classrooms" at home. You will notice the animal "helping" my daughter. This particular cat, Dora, is up to date on her shots, but does not have a statement from a California licensed veterinarian that she is free from communicable diseases. The vet did say that she is over-weight and needs a good teeth brushing.

Here is our backyard. Please notice my son's hand is actually touching(gasp) the chick. Again no vet cert is available upon request.
Come on, live a little.

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