Date Adopted: April 27, 1981
Date Revised: December 17, 1990
The Board Recognizes that field trips -- when used as a device 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 can supplement and enrich classroom
procedures by providing learning experiences in an environment outside
the schools; arouse new interest among students; help students relate
school experiences to the reality of the world outside of school; bring
all the resources of the community -- natural, artistic, industrial, commercial,
governmental, educational -- within the ambit of a student's learning
experience; and 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 journey
by pupils away from the school premises, under the supervision of a teacher,
which is an integral part of an approved course of study and conducted
for the purpose of affording a first-hand educational experience not available
in the classroom.
Although overnight trips can usually be educationally justified, because
of cost and risks involved, they should not be taken unless they are of
significant educational importance to the students.
Students on field trips remain under the supervision and responsibility
of the Board and are subject to its rules and regulations.
The Board does not endorse, support or assume responsibility in any way
for any staff member of this district who takes students on trips not
approved by the Board or Superintendent. No staff member may solicit students
of this district for such trips within the facilities or on the school
grounds of the district without Board permission.
The Superintendent is authorized to develop regulations on educationally
sound program of field trips. These regulations shall include, as a minimum:
Signed parental permission before any student is removed from school
for a field trip
Protection at all times of the safety and well-being of the students
Principal's approval of the purpose, itinerary, and duration of the
Integration of the trip with the mandated curriculum involving pre-planning
as well as follow-up.
State School Code: SS 1361