State Department of Education Policy

School administrative units should recognize that students who show a legitimate conscientious, ethical reason not to do dissection should not be required to do so and should be offered an alternative assignment to dissection. School administrative units should establish a local policy which: allows students to refuse dissection; states that alternative assignments to dissection which meet student needs while at the same time preserve the integrity of the biology program will be provided upon request; makes known that students have an alternative to dissection through such means as course description materials, posters or school announcements; and establishes a procedure whereby students may request, and the school may review and approve/disapprove, an alternative. ME State Department of Education Policy (1989).