Reminder from DOE: No pets on campus

The Department of Education says the message is clear. School property is for students and not a place for pets.

Education officials say it’s nothing against the animals, but it’s what they’re leaving behind that’s causing problems.

The signs are clearly visible. In fact, it’s the first thing you see when you drive into Kailua High School: “No dogs allowed.”

But for some reason, some pet owners are still bringing their pets to campus.

“It’s been an ongoing issue because I believe our school grounds are very inviting for people to come and use for their own recreational use,” said Donalyn Dela Cruz, DOE director of communications.

Some people are doing more than just bringing their dogs to campuses. They’re also letting them use the bathroom.

“What we’re also noticing is there are some pet owners who don’t pick up after their dogs,” said Dela Cruz.

Cleaning up after your pet is also the law. Leaving behind a mess on public or private property can leave you with a $500 fine and even community service.

This ongoing problem at schools is also causing custodians to have to do extra work because of safety concerns.

“Daily on our campuses, our custodians do a sweep and they’ve done a great job, however picking up dog mess is not one of the things we would like them doing,” said Dela Cruz. “Please obey the rules that we’ve placed on our campuses. It’s there for a reason and the reason is to ensure the safety and healthy environment for our school kids.”

The DOE also says pets running around on campus without leashes is also an issue.

All DOE schools have signs posted that indicate pets are prohibited on campuses.

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