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San Lorenzo Valley USD |  BP  6153  Instruction

School-Sponsored Trips   

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The Governing Board recognizes that school-sponsored, principal-approved 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.

Field trips shall be conducted in connection with the district's course of study or school-related social, educational, cultural, athletic, school band, or other extracurricular or cocurricular activities. A field trip to a foreign country may be permitted to familiarize students with the language, history, geography, natural science, and other studies relative to the district's course of study. (Education Code 35330)

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. All activities shall be available to all eligible students.

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

(cf. 6145 - Extracurricular and Cocurricular Activities)

Requests for school-sponsored trips involving out-of-state, out-of-country, or overnight travel shall be submitted to the Superintendent or designee. The Superintendent or designee shall review the request and make a recommendation to the Board as to whether the request should be approved by the Board. All other school-sponsored trips shall be approved in advance by the principal. Principals may exclude from the trip any student whose presence on the trip would pose a safety or disciplinary risk.

(cf. 3312.2 - Educational Travel Program Contracts)

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)

No field trip shall be authorized if any student would be excluded from participation because of a lack of sufficient funds. The Superintendent or designee shall coordinate to supply funds for students in need. (Education Code 35330)

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.

Overnight athletic travel involving California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) competition or travel related to school-approved academic, fine arts, or vocational/technical arts competition shall be permitted with the approval of the principal, the Superintendent and, the Board of Trustees. All other school-sponsored activities shall meet the requirements noted in the preceding paragraphs.

The Board may approve the use of district funds for student expenses for in-state, out-of-state, or out-of-country field trips or excursions when permitted by law. In addition, expenses of instructors, chaperones, and other personnel participating in such trips, as well as incidental expenses for the use of district equipment during the trip, may be paid from district funds. (Education Code 35330)

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

8760 Authorization of outdoor science and conservation programs

32040-32044 First aid equipment: field trips

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

BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS CODE

17540 Travel promoters

17550-17550.9 Sellers of travel

17552-17556.5 Educational travel organizations

Management Resources:

WEB SITES

American Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org

California Association of Directors of Activities: http://www.cada1.org

U.S. Department of Homeland Security: http://www.dhs.gov

Policy SAN LORENZO VALLEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: January 17, 2018 Ben Lomond, California