Nov 14, 1988 • Laws & Policies


Public school students (grades K-12) with a moral objection to dissecting or otherwise harming or destroying animals, may choose to refrain from participating in such projects. The objection must be substantiated by a note from a parent or guardian. If the teacher believes that an adequate alternative project is possible, the teacher may work with the pupil to develop an alternative education project. The alternative shall require comparable time and effort and shall not penalize the pupil by being more difficult than the original project. The pupil shall not be discriminated against based on his or her choice. Classes and activities, conducted as part of a program in agricultural education that provide instruction on the care, management, and evaluation of domestic animals are exempt. Educators teaching courses that use live or dead animals must inform the students of their right to object. CA. Educ. Code § 32255-32255.6 (1988).