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School Reaches Deal With Family Of Girl With Autism, Service Dog

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ATHENS COUNTY, Ohio -

A local family has reached an agreement with a school district after a girl with autism who uses a service dog was told that she had to change schools due to her teacher's allergy to dog dander.

Charla Gretz said a school official told her on the first day of class at Morrison-Gordon Elementary School in Athens County that her daughter, 6-year-old Shyanna, and her black Labrador retriever could not attend the school.

Charla said the official told her that the special education teacher at the school is extremely allergic to dog dander, and that Shyanna must transfer.

Shyanna gets overwhelmed by sensory issues and does not cope well with change, Gretz said. Her dog is trained to calm her and to walk on an attached tether so the girl cannot wander. Gretz said changing schools would disturb her daughter.

The school district has since said that Shyanna will attend the Beacon School, a school for students with special needs.

She will return to the district next year.

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