I just heard that we will no longer be allowed to have a classroom pet or live plants. I have always kept a tank of fish, and gerbils or hampsters. The children adore them and can't wait until it is their turn to be the "zoo keeper." Our class does have a traveling buddy(stuffed frog) that goes home with a student each weekend but its not the same as the real pet. I'm just sad. I don't think I've ever heard of anyone having an allergic reaction by watching fish. As a matter of fact I have used the tank to calm students down, or to cheer them up just by allowing them to go sit by the tank. Also, what's the deal with plants? We won't even be able to grow seeds. Not even in the plastic bags. I already checked into this. It just seems a little bit overboard! Does your school allow pets? What kind of pet do you have in your classroom? And what about plants?