San Ramon Valley USD | BP 6153 Instruction
The district recognizes that school-sponsored trips, or field trips, are an important component of a student's development and supplement and enrich the classroom learning experience. While valuing these experiences, the district also recognizes its responsibility to ensure safety, equity, and responsible planning for all school district sponsored trips. Superintendent or designee may coordinate with the community to supply funds as needed. No field trip shall be authorized if any student would be excluded from participation because of a lack of sufficient funds.
The district recognizes the value of participation of cocurricular, extracurricular and non-academic activities by all students. The district is committed to ensuring that students with disabilities are provided equal access to participate in these types of activities, as determined by the student's IEP team.
For the purpose of this policy and its related procedures, student travel is divided into the following categories, based on length of trip, distance and cost:
School-Sponsored Trip Definitions
Trips that have gone through the appropriate approval process and/or are planned, promoted, and conducted by school staff using school supplies, services or facilities are considered school sponsored trips. All school district policies, procedures, and rules apply during all phases of the trip. Principals may exclude from the trip any student whose presence on the trip would pose a safety or disciplinary risk subject to compliance with all district policies and procedures including participation of students with disabilities in extracurricular and non-academic activities and field trips.
Category 1: Day Field Trips/Athletic Trips
Day trips that do not require overnight stay.
Category 2: Extended Cocurricular/Extracurricular Trips
Trips that are within the state of California, typically requiring overnight stay.
Category 3: Out of State or Special Event Trips
Trips that are out of state or out of the United States, requiring overnight stay.
District funds shall not be used to pay student expenses for out-of-state or out-of-country field trips or excursions. However, 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.
School-Sponsored Trip Planning Considerations
The principal shall establish a process for evaluating a staff member's request to conduct a school-sponsored trip. The evaluation of all school sponsored trips should include, but not be limited to, the following:
1. Educational, cocurricular, or extracurricular value
2. Safety, liability, and political issues
3. Supervision needs, plans, and staffing/logistical consideration of students with special needs
4. Transportation arrangements
5. Consideration of other classes (secondary)
6. Consideration of missed instructional time
7. District and student expense
8. Cost to the community due to fund raising efforts
9. Waivers and health/medical information
10. Communication procedures
11. Overnight Chaperones
a. All overnight chaperones must be fingerprinted by an approved Live Scan provider and cleared by the Human Resources Department prior to any trip.
Non-School-Sponsored (Private) Trips
Non-school-sponsored (private) trips are considered not district approved, not required, not funded by the district and take place during non-school hours.
Custodian of Records
The Superintendent shall designate an employee as custodian of volunteer fingerprint records. Beginning July 1, 2014, any employee designated as custodian of records shall receive a criminal background check clearance from the Department of Justice (DOJ) prior to serving in that capacity. (Penal Code 11102.2).
The custodian of records shall be responsible for the security, storage, dissemination, and destruction of all Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) furnished to the district. He/she also shall serve as the primary contact for the DOJ for any related issues. (Penal Code 11102.2)
(cf. 6143 - Courses of Study)
(cf. 6145 - Extracurricular and Cocurricular Activities)
(cf. 6145.2 - Athletic Competition)
(cf. 3312.2 - Educational Travel Program Contracts)
(cf. 1230 - School-Connected Organizations)
(cf. 1321 - Solicitation of Funds from and by Students)
(cf. 1700 - Relations between Private Industry and the Schools)
8760 Authorization of outdoor science and conservation programs
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
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 RAMON VALLEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
adopted: June 24, 2014 Danville, California
revised: March 22, 2016