• Dear Parent/Guardian,

    Your child is presently enrolled in a course in which animal dissection is part of classroom instruction. Dissection is defined as “the manipulation of properly preserved animals or animal parts for scientific study, which includes incising and may be followed by inspecting, touching, handling, and mounting.” In compliance with state law, the Northern Highlands Regional High School district offers students alternatives to animal dissection should their parents wish their child abstain from these activities.

    Alternatives to animal dissection may include, but are not limited to: computer programs, Internet simulations, plastic models, videotapes, digital videodiscs, and charts. Alternatives to animal dissection techniques are designed to provide the student with knowledge similar to that expected to be gained by students in the course who perform, participate in, or observe the dissection.

    Students who have opted out of animal dissection exercises are given information on specific activities and resources to use as their alternative assignment. These students are also provided assistance with alternative task.

    If you wish to opt your child out of participation in animal dissection activities as described within the course, please complete and sign the enclosed form and return it to your child’s science teacher by September 12, 2008.

    A copy of Opt Out Law and a list of frequently asked questions about the Dissection Opt Out Law is attached for your inspection.  http://www.animallaw.com/dissection.cfm  If you have any questions about the opting out procedure, please feel free to call me at (201) 327-8700, ext. 255.



     Gary J. Trotter

    Science Supervisor

    Northern Highlands Regional High School



    Alternative to Animal Dissection Opt-Out

     I do not wish for my child to participate in animal dissection activities. Instead, I wish for my child to be provided approved alternatives to animal dissection. Please print all information with the exception of your signature.

    Name of Student ________________________________________________

    Science Course _________________________________________________

    Parent/Guardian’s Name _________________________________________

    Address ______________________________________________________


    Phone Number __________________________________________________


    Signature ______________________________________________________


Last Modified on September 4, 2008