HTK Animal Policy

October 20, 2016 - HTK Animal Policy 

Minnesota FIRST LEGO League ANIMAL ALLIES SEASON
Policy on Animals at Events

With the Animal Allies season, all official tournament events will adhere to the following policy related to animals.

No teams may have animals in or on the property at events. This includes in vehicles and in parking lots of all events.

Animals are widely defined as insects, live animals, live mascots, pets, fish, snakes or other amphibians, reptiles, or other classification of animal species including animal carcasses.

Service animals will be permitted at events, however, as a courtesy, High Tech Kids requests advance notice of any required Service Animal(s) that a participant plans to bring to the event. That information should be directed to Vicki Coaty (vicki@hightechkids.org) prior to event attendance. Emotional Support animals are not permitted to attend the events.

Note: If the tournament event venue within the normal course of business would charge an individual(s) for any damage they cause, then they may charge for any damage(s) caused by a Service Animal.  

An individual may be asked to remove a service animal if the animal is not house broken or is out of control and the individual is not able to control it. A service animal must have a harness, leash or other tether, unless the handler is unable to use a tether because of a disability or the use of a tether would interfere with the service animal’s ability to safely perform its work or tasks. In these cases, the service animal must be under the handler’s control through voice commands, hand signals, or other effective means.

Animals in attendance are considered “working service animals” and therefore should not be objects or props in a FLL teams’ Research Presentation.

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Definitions and policy language

Assistance Animals: A general term referring to any animal providing accommodations to individuals with disabilities. An used within this policy, an assistance animal may be either a service animal or an emotional support animals. For purposes of this policy, Assistance Animals are not considered pets.

Service Animals: A service animal is individually trained, or in the process of being trained under the auspices of a recognized training facility, to do specific work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability, including but not limited to physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disabilities. The specific work or tasks performed by the service animal for the benefit of the individual must be directly related to the individual’s disability. As defined in this policy: 1) the mere provision of emotional support, well-being, or comfort does not constitute work or tasks performed by service animals; and 2) service animals in trainings (i.e., service animals that do not yet perform specific work or tasks for a person with a disability, but are being trained to do so) are not considered service animals.

Emotional Support Animals: Any animal providing emotional support, well-being, or comfort that eases one or more identified symptoms or effects of a disability. Emotional support animals may also be referred to as comfort or therapy animals. Unlike service animals, emotional support animals are not individually trained to perform specific work or tasks.

Pets: Any animal kept for ordinary used and companionship. For purposes of this policy, service animals and emotional support animals (collectively termed “assistance animals”) are not considered pets.