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Service Dogs in the Classroom Pose a Challenge for City’s Public Schools

From one-on-one para-professionals to help students with disabilities to extra time for testing, accommodations of all sorts are made for special-needs students in the city’s public schools.

But there is one that — although rare — poses a significant challenge for principals: Service dogs in the classroom.

That dilemma came to light just recently for the head of a South Shore elementary school who had to go to some fairly extreme measures to prepare the school for the arrival of a student with a service dog in September, including the need to shift a teacher with canine allergies and juggling classes.