Effective August 29, 2017 animals in schools or offices, leashed or not, present safety, environmental, and liability issues. Students and staff may be exposed to potential physical hazards, such as bites, and/or allergy related health problems. As a result, animals are prohibited within HCPSS buildings. Animals are also prohibited on school system property during arrival, dismissal, recess or other HCPSS sponsored outdoor activities. Service animals or service animals in training per MD Annotated Code Section 7-705 (Service Animals) and the American Disabilities Act (ADA) as well as animals approved for instructional purposes are exempt from this prohibition. Thank you for your assistance. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.