Full Statute Name:  West's General Laws of Rhode Island Annotated. Title 16. Education. Chapter 22. Curriculum [See Title 16 Chapter 97 -- the Rhode Island Board of Education Act]. § 16-22-20. Animal dissection and vivisection--Right to refuse--Alternate learning project required

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Primary Citation:  Gen. Laws, 1956, § 16-22-20 Country of Origin:  United States Last Checked:  March, 2019 Alternate Citation:  RI ST § 16-22-20 Date Adopted:  1997
Summary: This Rhode Island law provides that parents or legal guardians of any student in a public or nonpublic primary or secondary school may refuse to allow their child to dissect or vivisect any vertebrate or invertebrate animal, or any part of a vertebrate or invertebrate animal. Students who refuse shall not be discriminated against for not participating in dissection and shall be offered an alternative method of learning the material.

(a) A parent(s) or legal guardian of any student in a public or nonpublic primary or secondary school may refuse to allow their child to dissect or vivisect any vertebrate or invertebrate animal, or any part of a vertebrate or invertebrate animal.

(b) A school that offers dissection or vivisection as a learning activity shall permit those students whose parent(s) or legal guardian refuse to allow them to participate to demonstrate competency through an alternative method of learning the material that would be covered in the activity. Alternative materials and methods may include but not be limited to: video tapes, models, films, books, computer programs, clay modeling or transparencies.

(c) A teacher shall not discriminate against a student for not participating in dissection or vivisection and shall not lower a grade because a student's parent or legal guardian has chosen an alternative education project.

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P.L. 1997, ch. 214, § 1.

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