Newport-Mesa USD | AR 6153 Instruction
Students on school-sponsored trips are under the jurisdiction of the district and shall be subject to district and school rules and regulations.
(cf. 5131 - Conduct)
(cf. 5131.1 - Bus Conduct)
(cf. 5144 - Discipline)
(cf. 5144.1 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process)
The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that adequate supervision is provided on all school-sponsored trips and that there is an appropriate ratio of adults to students present on the trip. If the trip involves water activities, this ratio shall be revised as necessary.
Before a student can participate in a school-sponsored trip, the teacher shall obtain parent/guardian permission for the trip on an approved district form. Whenever a trip involves water activities, the parent/guardian shall provide specific permission for his/her child to participate in the water activities. The district shall provide an alternative educational experience for students whose parents/guardians do not wish them to participate in a trip.
All persons making the field trip or excursion shall be deemed to have waived all claims against the district or the State of California for injury, accident, illness, or death occurring during or by reason of the field trip or excursion. All adults taking out-of-state field trips or excursions and all parents/guardians of students taking out-of-state field trips or excursions shall sign a statement waiving such claims. (Education Code 35330)
1. While conducting a trip, the teacher, employee, or agent of the school shall have the school's first aid kit in his/her possession or immediately available. (Education Code 32041)
Whenever trips are conducted in areas known to be infested with poisonous snakes, the first aid kit taken on the trip shall contain medically accepted snakebite remedies. In addition, a teacher, employee, or agent of the school who has completed a first aid course which is certified by the American Red Cross and which emphasizes the treatment of snakebites shall participate in the trip. (Education Code 32043)
2. The district shall provide or make available medical and/or hospital insurance for students injured while participating in any excursion or field trip. (Education Code 35331)
(cf. 3541.1 - Transportation for School-Related Trips)
(cf. 5143 - Insurance)
3. If the Superintendent or designee receives threat level warnings from the Homeland Security Advisory System pertaining to the destination of a school-sponsored trip, he/she shall implement precautions necessary to protect the safety of students and staff.
(cf. 0450 - Comprehensive Safety Plan)
(cf. 3516 - Emergencies and Disaster Preparedness Plan)
4. Lifeguards are required for all swimming activities. If the activity is at a private pool, the owner of the pool shall provide a certificate of insurance, designating the district as an additional insured, for not less than $500,000 in liability coverage. Staff shall determine supervisory responsibilities for all chaperones.
(cf. 3530 - Risk Management/Insurance)
(cf. 5141.7 - Sun Safety)
5. Before trips of more than one day, the principal or designee may hold a meeting for staff, chaperones, parents/guardians, and students to discuss safety and the importance of safety-related rules for the trip.
(cf. 5142 - Safety)
6. School employees and chaperones are required to adhere to the District rules and regulations.
Administrative Approval Requirements for Out-Of-State & Overnight Field Trips
In addition to existing field trip rules and regulations, a school sponsored overnight and out-of-state field trip requires the following documents to be submitted, with the Principal's approval, to the Superintendent's designee. (Board of Education approval must be granted before any obligations associated with the field trip are committed; at least six (6) months in advance for international travel.)
1. Detailed itinerary listing all activities and travel arrangements, including identification of any travel firms assisting with travel arrangements.
2. Detailed educational justification including specific nexus between each activity and applicable content standards and/or course syllabus.
3. Rationale that demonstrates the educational objectives of the field trip can only be achieved with the requested field trip location.
4. Disclosure of any reimbursement, remuneration, gratuity, or anything of value received by district staff from travel entities, school-connected organizations, or students.
5. School Principal certification that no student will be excluded from participation due to a lack of resources or insufficient funds.
6. Final list of student's participants and chaperones will be submitted at least two (2) weeks prior to the trip.
Regulation NEWPORT-MESA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
approved: December 19, 2017 Costa Mesa, California