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New Jersey school fined for banning service dog

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The Justice Department has reached a settlement with a New Jersey school district resolving allegations that a student was denied use of his service dog for school-related activities.

The agreement says the Delran Township School District must pay $10,000 to the student's family and adopt a service animal policy and training compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Federal authorities say the student uses the dog to alert to his seizures, provide mobility and body support, and mitigate his symptoms of autism. He was prevented from bringing his dog on the school bus or to other school activities.

The Justice Department found that the student's mother had spent months responding to burdensome requests for information and documentation to no avail.

Federal officials say the school district cooperated with the investigation.

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