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Atascadero USD |  BP  6153  Instruction

School-Sponsored Trips   

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The Board of Trustees recognizes that school-sponsored trips are important components of a student's development. Besides supplementing and enriching classroom learning experiences, such trips encourage new interests among students, make them more aware of community resources, and help them relate their school experiences to the outside world. The Board believes that careful planning can greatly enhance the value and safety of such trips.

If the Board allocates funds for school-sponsored trips, individual schools may be provided with budgetary allocations so that they can plan ahead. Special trip expense funds may be established when necessary for fund-raising purposes.

(cf. 1321 - Solicitation of Funds from and by Students)

(cf. 6145 - Extracurricular and Cocurricular Activities)

All trips involving out-of-state or overnight travel shall require the prior approval of the Board. Other trips may be approved by the Superintendent or designee.

Principals shall ensure that teachers develop plans which provide for the safety of students and their proper supervision by certificated staff on all school-sponsored trips. Other school employees and parents/guardians also may participate in this supervision and may be asked to attend preparatory training sessions and/or meetings.

The ratio of adults to students on school-sponsored trips shall be at least one to 10. If the trip involves water activities, this ratio shall be revised to ensure closer supervision of elementary grade students, appropriate to their ages.

(cf. 3541.1 - Transportation for School-Related Trips)

(cf. 5143 - Insurance)

Study Trips

In advance of a study trip, teachers shall determine educational objectives which relate directly to the curriculum. Principals shall ensure that teachers develop plans which provide for the best use of students' learning time while on the trip. Teachers also shall provide appropriate instruction before and after the trip.

Study Trips Outside the County or Those Requiring Air or Water Transport

Requests for educational study trips shall be made in writing to the District Administration at least thirty (30) days prior to the trip. The purpose of the trip and its relation to the course of study must be stated in the request and be approved by the school administration prior to sending the request to the District Administration for review and approval.

For those study trips requiring air or water transportation, the carrier must have a liability policy in an amount determined by the District's insurance carrier and parents must release the District of any liability.

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

8760 Authorization of outdoor science and conservation programs

32040 Duty to equip school with first aid kit

32041 Field trips

32043 Snakebite kits on field trips

32044 Violations

35330 Excursions and field trips

35331 Provision for medical or hospital service for pupils (on field trips)

35332 Transportation by chartered airline

35350 Transportation of students

44808 Liability when pupils not on school property

48908 Duties of pupils; authority of teachers

Policy ATASCADERO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: March 7, 2000 Atascadero, California