The Board recognizes that field trips, when used for teaching and learning integral to the curriculum, are an educationally sound and important ingredient in the instructional program of the schools. Properly planned and executed field trips should:
A. supplement and enrich classroom procedures by providing learning experiences in an environment outside the schools;
B. arouse new interests among students;
C. help students relate school experiences to the reality of the world outside of school;
D. bring the resources of the community – natural, artistic, industrial, commercial, governmental, educational – within the student’s learning experience;
E. afford students the opportunity to study real things and real processes in their actual environment.
For purposes of this policy, a field trip shall be defined as any planned journey for one (1) or more students away from Corporation premises, which is under the supervision of a professional staff member and an integral part of a course of study. Other Corporation-sponsored trips shall be defined as any planned student travel activity which is approved as part of the Corporation’s total educational program.
The Board shall approve those field trips and other Corporation-sponsored trips which take the students out of State and keep students out of the Corporation overnight or longer. In the event the Board does not meet in time to approve a trip, the Superintendent shall have the authority to approve it.
The Superintendent shall approve all other such trips.
Students may be charged reasonable fees for field trips but no student shall be denied participation for financial inability, nor shall nonparticipation be penalized academically.
The Board does not endorse, support, or assume liability in any way for any staff member, volunteer, or parent of the Corporation who takes students on trips not approved by the Board or Superintendent. No staff member may promote such trips within the facilities or on the school grounds of the Corporation without Board permission. Permission to promote neither grants nor implies approval of the trip.
All field trips are to be planned so that:
A. reasonable care should be taken not to place students in hazardous situations;
B. parental permission is sought and obtained before any student leaves the Corporation on a trip;
C. each trip is properly planned, and if a field trip, is integrated with the curriculum, evaluated, and followed up by appropriate activities which enhance its usefulness;
D. the effectiveness of field trip activities is judged in terms of demonstrated learning outcomes, when appropriate;
E. each trip is properly monitored;
F. student behavior while on all field trips complies with the rules and regulations of the Student Guide;
G. a copy of each student’s Emergency Medical Authorization Form is to be provided by the school office and is in the possession of the staff member in charge of the trip.
A professional staff member may not change a planned destination while the trip is in progress, except where the health, safety, or welfare of the students in his/her charge may be adversely affected.
In any instance in which the destination of the trip is altered, the professional staff member in charge shall notify the administrative supervisor immediately.