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A 5-year-old with cerebral palsy will not be allowed to take his service dog to school on Monday after failing to get approval from the Broward County School Board. The boy's mother, Monica Alboniga, told NBC 6's Claudia DoCampo that the boy will not be able to attend classes without the dog.
A 5-year-old with cerebral palsy has been cleared to take his service dog to school after the Broward County School Board initially said the animal would require additional insurance.
Mother Monica Alboniga said service dog Stevie joined the family in January, after a doctor recommended him for her son Anthony, who suffers from seizures and respiratory problems.
"He lets me know when Anthony has the seizures," Alboniga said. "A lot of times when Anthony has the seizures, he comes to my bed and lets me know."
She said she told Nob Hill Elementary School in Sunrise, where Anthony is set to start kindergarten, about the dog in March, but they told her approval would have to come from the school board.
While the school board originally told her she needed a certificate of liability insurance covering the service animal, Stevie is now good accompany Anthony to his classes.
The Broward School Board reminds paretns that, in order for service animals to be allowed to go to school, they must:
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