School Dog

Sep. 27, 18

Dear Parents / Carers,

RE: School Dog

I am writing to introduce you to the newest member of the One Degree staff team. Otto, the One Degree Dog, is a 5-month old Border Terrier puppy. He’s in school to help us learn about our core values ofresponsibility and teamwork.

The ODA Dog lives with the Principal; he is a very loving and well behaved puppy who has the right temperament to become a real asset to ODA. Otto is a pedigree Border Terrier who has been at One Degree since August 2018. He is currently attending regular rigorous puppy classes with renowned Dog trainer and behaviourist Louise Glazebrook. He is also being trained as a PAT (Pets as Therapy) dog to support children and adults with wellbeing.

Otto is fully vaccinated and insured and visits the vet regularly for check-ups. Whilst there, the vet administers worm and flea treatments as well as making adjustments to his food intake to ensure he remains a healthy weight.

We believe he will improve the children’s abilities within the One Degree core values and also provide children with opportunities to develop their character attributes in a new context.

Otto does not currently have any extended interactions with the children. While he is getting used to school life, and the children are getting used to him being there, he has been spending most of his time in the admin offices without access to classrooms or any places children go. Once he settles in, and the children have been trained with how best to work with him, the children may spend more time with him in accordance with our risk assessment and school dog policy.

We realise that not all parents will want their child to interact with Otto, and wish to respect the views of all our community. If for whatever reason you would like Otto to be kept away from your child and vice versa, please just let us know and we will endeavour to make this happen.

Yours Sincerely,

Aidan Sadgrove Principal

Daniel Chalke