The Board encourages field trips when the experiences are a part of the school curriculum, contribute to the District’s educational objectives, or help participating students achieve their educational goals.

All field trips must have the Superintendent or designee’s prior written approval. In addition, field trips beyond a 200-mile radius of the school, or extending overnight, must have the prior approval of the Board of Education. The Superintendent or designee shall include the following fact in determining whether to approve a field trip: educational value, student safety, parent concerns, heightened security alerts, and liability concerns. On all field trips, a bus fee set by the Superintendent or designee may be charged to help defray the transportation costs.

Parents/guardians of students: (1) shall be given the opportunity to consent to their child’s participation in any field trip, and (2) are responsible for all entrance fees, food, lodging, or other costs, except that the District will pay such costs for students who qualify for a fee waiver under Board policy 4:140, Waiver of Student Fees. All non-participating students shall be provided an alternative experience. Any field trip may be cancelled without notice due to an unforeseen event or condition.

A privately arranged trip is any trip in which District students participate, but which has not been expressly approved in writing by the Superintendent, or designee, or by the Board. Privately arranged trips shall not be represented or construed as sponsored by the District or school. The District does not have any responsibility or liability for privately arranged trips, does not provide supervision or liability protection for them, and is not responsible for any injuries, damages or loss arising from them. Staff members with a leadership or supervisory role in privately arranging trips shall advise the Superintendent or designee of such trips and notify participants and their parents/guardians of the foregoing disclaimers.

Adopted: November 10, 1997
Revised: April 23, 2018; November 14, 2022