6:240 - Field Trips

Policy 6:240

Instruction

Field Trips

The Board encourages field trips when the experiences are a part of the school curriculum, contribute to the District’s educational objectives, or help participating students achieve their educational goals.

All field trips must have the Superintendent or designee’s prior approval. In addition, field trips beyond a 200-mile radius of the school, or extending overnight, must have the prior approval of the Board. The Superintendent or designee shall analyze the following factors to determine whether to approve a field trip: educational value, student safety, parent concerns, heightened security alerts, and liability concerns.

The Board shall make available buses and/or other public conveyances for field trips provided, it does not interfere with the District’s normal operational, maintenance, or transportation programs. On all field trips, a bus fee set by the Superintendent or designee may be charged to help defray the transportation costs.

Parents/guardians of students: (1) shall be given the opportunity to consent to their child’s participation in any field trip, and (2) are responsible for all entrance fees, food, lodging, or other costs, except that the District will pay such costs for students who qualify for free or reduced school lunches. All non-participating students shall be provided an alternative experience. Any field trip may be cancelled without notice due to an unforeseen event or condition. The Administration may place a restriction upon a student’s participation in any field trip when, in the Superintendent or designee’s determination, it is not in the best interest of the student or other students for the student to participate in the field trip.

Privately arranged trips, including those led by District staff members, shall not be represented as or construed to be sponsored by the District or school. The District does not provide liability protection for privately arranged trips and is not responsible for any damages arising from them.

Adopted: November 10, 1997
Revised: April 23, 2018

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