Therapy Dog

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I am pleased to share that our school will begin a comfort dog program this spring. The dog is a trained and certified therapy dog. Therapy dogs have been trained to provide emotional support. Research shows their positive impact in increasing social and communication skills, self-esteem, and psychological growth in children.

 

We will begin using the therapy dog program on a limited basis with one dog for one hour a month. If your child is recommended for this program we will contact you to discuss this and to ask for permission for your child to participate. Our counselor is working closely with the trainer and the organization so that the dog will not have any other contact with children in our school. School personnel will remain vigilant to ensure the dog is contained and that our school is adequately cleaned and ventilated to accommodate those with allergies.

 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Catherine Glaude, Principal