( Frequently Asked Questions: When will the dogs be here next? Our Therapy Dog Lounge is currently OPEN every day, every period! The lounge will be closed on standardized testing days. Why do we need a Therapy Dog Lounge in a high school? We have created the Therapy Dog Program for stress relief for students and staff at Mountain Vista High School. Check out our researched benefits on the "Benefits" page. How will it work? Counselors AND teachers will be able to make referrals for any Vista students who show signs of serious stress. Students can go to the Therapy Dog Lounge (in the library) with this pass for 10 minutes or longer depending on the referral time. We have trained student handlers supervising the lounge every period of the day. If there is no one there, the dog may be taking a break in Ms. Schofield's office in the Counseling Department. You may request a pass from a teacher or counselor and he/she will determine if/when to send you. Step 1: Have a legal waiver signed by a parent or guardian before your first visit. The legal waiver can be found posted above. Step 2: Request an official pass from a teacher or counselor. Step 3: Come to the LIBRARY with an official pass to de-stress and love on the pups! Step 4: Return with less stress!
Where is the Therapy Dog Lounge? The Therapy Dog Lounge now in the LIBRARY! Come check out our new space! Can I just drop in without a pass? You will need a referral pass to visit the Therapy Dog Lounge and will need to sign the legal waiver posted above before your first visit. Who owns the dogs? Reiley and Cannon are Ms. Schofield's (Counselor) personal pets. Bella is Mr. Larson's9 (Prof. Learning Facilitator) personal pet. Breinna is Ms. Ramsey's (Technology Support) personal pet. Are the dogs trained and insured? The dogs are trained as therapy dogs by Prestige K9 and are fully approved, vaccinated, insured and approved by the school and DCSD Risk Management. Can I be a Student Handler next semester? See Mrs. Wheeler (U317) or Ms. Schofield (Counseling) for an application and we'll see!