Parents may not be aware of the provisions of the Dog Control Act 1975 which states in section 23 “a person shall not take a dog into the grounds of a school at a time when pupils are on those grounds”. A dog with a couple of children can be lots of fun but a dog with a lot of children often results in dog and children becoming over excited and behaving erratically. In the interests of safety we seek your co-operation ensuring that this regulation is observed.
Under Education and Training Directorate of Urban Services policies, dogs are not permitted on school grounds. Section 42 of the Act defines places where dogs are prohibited. These include the grounds of a child care centre, preschool, primary school, high school or secondary college during school hours or when school sport including training is being conducted unless the keeper of the dog resides in the grounds, or a dog is taken into the grounds with the approval of the principal.
There is a global ban on dogs on playing fields anywhere where sport or training for sport is being played.