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Tamalpais Union HSD |  BP  6153  Instruction

District-Sponsored Trips   

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The Board of Trustees recognizes that district-sponsored trips are important components of a student's development and supplement and enrich the classroom learning experience. School-sponsored trips may be conducted in connection with the district's course of study or school-related social, educational, cultural, athletic, school band activities, or other extracurricular or co-curricular 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.

(cf. 6143 - Courses of Study)

(cf. 6145 - Extracurricular and Co-curricular Activities)

(cf. 6145.2 - Interscholastic Competition)

Categories of Field Trips

The Board recognizes two basic categories of field trips/excursions, those which are district-sponsored and those which are sponsored independently by the community, booster, service, youth, parent/guardian organizations, or individuals, and are thus non-district-sponsored. This policy excludes all non-district-sponsored trips. All such trips must be covered by separate permission forms, and any advertising shall indicate that the trip is not sponsored by the district.

Non-district-sponsored trips cannot require attendance and no attendance credit can be given. Use of bulletin boards and district publications are permissible for publicity regarding such trips, but there shall be no attention given during class time or at any other time when school attendance credit is given.

Types of District-Sponsored Field Trips

The Board establishes five types of district-sponsored field trips:

1. One-day trip taken on school days, excluding interscholastic events.

2. One-day trip taken on nonschool day, excluding interscholastic events.

3. Overnight (one or more) trip taken on any days, including interscholastic events.

4. One-day or overnight trips to interscholastic events (athletic field trip).

5. Trip to another state or foreign nation.

6. Types 1 and 2 (one-day trips) require advance approval of the school site administration.

7. Type 3 and 4 (overnight trip) requires advance approval of the school site administration and of the Assistant Superintendent of Finance & Facilities or designee.

8. Type 5 (out-of-state trip) requires advance approval of the Board.

The principal shall establish a process for approving a staff member's request to conduct a school-sponsored trip. When planning trips, staff shall consider student safety, objectives of instruction, the most effective use of instructional time, the distance from school, district and student expense, and transportation and supervision requirements. Principals may exclude from the trip any student whose presence on the trip would pose a safety or disciplinary risk.

(cf. 3530 - Risk Management/Insurance)

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

(cf. 5142 - Safety)

(cf. 5143 - Insurance)

(cf. 5144 - Discipline)

(cf. 5144.1 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process)


Funding for field trips is the responsibility of the local site. Categorical funds may be used for such experience when priorities so indicate. Neither students nor their parents/guardians may be assessed mandatory fees for field trips, but voluntary contributions can be solicited. Special funds may be established for fund-raising purposes. Solicitations must occur outside regular class time.

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

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. (Education Code 35330)


Principals shall ensure that certificated staff develop plans which provide for the safety of students and their proper supervision by certificated staff on all district-sponsored trips. For district-sponsored trips, the Principals/designee may designate a certificated staff member as field trip supervisor. Other school employees and parents/guardians also may participate in this supervision and may be asked to attend preparatory training sessions and/or meetings.

Legal Declarations

In accordance with Education Code 35330 all persons making field trips and excursions are deemed to have waived all liability claims against the district. As such, notwithstanding this Board Policy or its corresponding Administrative Regulation and Exhibits, the immunities afforded to the district and its employees under Education Code 35330, shall remain unchanged. Moreover, notwithstanding this Board Policy or its corresponding Administrative Regulation and Exhibits, the district's and it employees' duty of care under Education Code 44807 and 44808, shall remain unchanged.

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

(cf. 5143 - Insurance)

Legal Reference:


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


17540 Travel promoters

17550-17550.9 Sellers of travel

17552-17556.5 Educational travel organizations

Management Resources:


American Red Cross:

California Association of Directors of Activities:

U.S. Department of Homeland Security:


adopted: June 22, 1993 Larkspur, California

revised: February 26, 2002

revised: June 23, 2009