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To Students, Parents and Staff of the Douglas Public Schools,

Recently we were made aware that School Resource Officer, Brett Fulone, has taken on direct supervision of a Therapy/Comfort dog named Finn who will become part of the Douglas Police Department's support program. Finn is a chocolate lab who is participating in a one-year training program to provide therapy/comfort support services for the Douglas Police Department. This support program is not directly linked to a school district based initiative; rather this program is exclusive to the Douglas Police Department. Finn is however; under the charge of Officer Fulone during the day which then means that while Officer Fulone is conducting his school related duties, he will often have Finn accompanying him in our school buildings and on our school grounds. Finn is not a service animal nor is he being trained as an emotional/ support animal. The Douglas Police Department will determine how Finn will serve the department and that he will always be under the direct supervision of the Douglas Police Department when he is in our schools and on our grounds.

The purpose of this letter is to reach out to all of our stakeholders to both inform you of this new development related to our School Resource Officer and to make you aware of how it will impact our schools. We also want to reach out and inquire if there are students, families or staff who may have concerns with Finn being in our buildings relative to allergies or phobia's. If there are personal concerns related to this arrangement, please contact our staff in the main office of the building where this concern exists. This will allow the school and Officer Fulone to develop a plan to address and accommodate these concerns. Our hope is that this planning will allow Officer Fulone and Finn to continue to be a welcome presence in our schools, while also being aware and sensitive to all personal concerns. Thank you for your attention to this matter and we look to working effectively with all stakeholders related to Finn and the school district.
Therapy Dog Letter.pdf

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