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Conflict resolved over special-education student's service dog

The parents of an autistic first-grader in Ohio have reached an agreement with the Athens school district over how to accommodate both the girl’s service dog and a special-education teacher with a severe allergy to dog dander. The Columbus Dispatch says Shyanna Gretz, 6, will not attend the Athens school district as planned. Rather, she will attend first grade at the Beacon School, operated by the Athens County Board of Developmental Disabilities, where Shyanna has attended for the previous three years. Next year, Shyanna would return to the Athens district. The girl's family was unhappy when they were told on the first day of class that Shyanna could not attend Morrison-Gordon Elementary School because the first-grade teacher assigned to Shyanna was allergic to dogs. Instead, Shyanna was assigned to East Elementary and an allergy-free teacher. The girl's mother said that change would have been too disruptive and would have necessitated a longer bus ride.

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