When students leave Sarasota School of Arts and Sciences each day, Cleo stays behind. Why? Cleo is a classroom pet. She’s a bearded dragon, a type of reptile.
Some people say classroom pets help students feel less anxious and improve behavior. For instance, students might not raise their voices to keep the pet calm.
But other people think classrooms aren’t good homes for pets. They are often left alone overnight and on weekends. Some people also worry that busy classrooms can be stressful places for the animals. Kids poking cages can upset pets.