PERMISSION SLIP TO HANDLE AND HOLD PETS
Students Name __________________________________________________________
Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s),
One of the attractions of my Science Classroom will be my collection of pets. I am always in the process of increasing or changing the number or kinds of pets in my classroom. We presently have the following pets in my classroom and then some: gerbils, hamsters, different types of lizards like iguanas and bearded dragons, rabbit, guinea pigs, ferrets, turtle box and aquatic, chinchillas, prairie dogs, flying squirrel, and snakes like a ball python, corn snake and king snakes. To let you feel more at comfort, none of my pets are venomous.
Students may sign up for my Traveling Zoo Home base or Zoo Crew to help take care of these pets, as well as, to learn more about pet care and specifically about these pets. We then put on demonstrations to elementary students via my Traveling Zoo during Home base/STAR time.
Many students in the past have shown an interest in stopping by before going to Primetime to visit the pets or after school. I would also like to let the students handle the snakes and other mentioned pets, as a reward for good behavior. This could be done occasionally before or at the end of a class. Students also like to let pets out to walk around as the class activities are going on.
Even though I have a great record with pets, there is always a possibility that a student may be bitten. I always warn my students of the possibility and they still seem willing to take a chance. I have been doing this since 1996. If you give permission for your son or daughter to handle the animals, please sign the bottom of this slip and return it to myself via your son or daughter as soon as possible. If you have any questions regarding this matter please feel free to call me at Hoover Middle School. I am I room 314, Mr. Spengler.
Thomas J. Spengler
I give permission for my son/daughter to handle the animals in Mr. Spengler’s Science Classroom, room 314. I am aware of the possible risks in handling any type of pets.
Student’s signature DateParent’s or Guardian’s signature Date
STUDENT SAFETY CONTRACT
Whereas, experiments and hands-on investigations are essential to scientific discovery:
Whereas, unsafe procedures may lead to personal injury and damage to property;
Whereas, safety in the science classroom and laboratory is the responsibility of every student, as well as, the teacher:
I, _________________________________________, hereby vow to do the following:
(Please print student’s name)
A. Arrive at the laboratory prepared and ready to work in a mature manner;
B. Await and follow promptly all instructions from the teacher;
C. Read directions thoroughly before attempting an activity;
D. Conduct only those activities that are authorized;
E. Request the teacher’s help if I am unsure how to proceed;
F. Protect eyes, face, hands, and body parts while conducting an activity;
G. Handle glassware, chemicals, burners, heated substances, electrical equipment, plants, and animals with care;
H. Remain calm during an emergency;
I. Promptly notify the teacher of any accident or mishap that occurs.
I have read, fully understand, and agree to comply with all safety guidelines distributed by the teacher. I will also abide by any other safety rules and regulations set forth in the classroom and laboratory.
Student’ signature Date
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NAME: _________________________________ GROUP: ___________
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