8460

Adoption Date: 1/23/1974, Revised: 7/19/1994; 6/20/00; 11/19/02; 2/2/16 8000 -

INSTRUCTION
INSTRUCTIONAL ARRANGEMENTS 8460 FIELD TRIPS

The Board of Education recognizes that field trips are an educationally sound and important ingredient in the instructional program of the schools.
For purposes of this policy, a field trip shall be defined as any journey by a group of students away from the school premises, under the supervision of a teacher or other district employee, which is an integral part of an approved course of study and/or extracurricular activity conducted for the purpose of affording an educational experience not available in the classroom.

Field trips are a part of the curriculum of the schools and attendance on field trips is governed by the same rules as attendance at regular classroom activities. The School District shall obtain written permission from parents/guardians for students going on school-sponsored field trips and every effort shall be made to inform parents/guardians in advance of such excursions.

Overnight Field Trips include local, out of state, or out of country trips which require that students obtain overnight accommodations. All overnight field trips will require the approval of the Board of Education prior to the commencement of any fund raising. Final approval for overnight field trips will require: (a) an itinerary, (b) a statement of how the trip is funded, (c) a list of Board approved chaperones at least six (6) weeks prior to the trip. Overnight trips will end not less than five (5) school days prior to major examinations (i.e., Regents, AP, State tests, etc).

For any trip that exceeds $500 or 3 or more days, trip cancellation insurance must be purchased as part of the full cost of the trip.

The Superintendent shall prepare procedures for the operation of a field trip activity. Field trip support shall be determined annually by the Board during its budget deliberations. Regardless of the fiscal support for field trips, the rules of the School District for approval and conduct of such trips shall apply.

The Superintendent has discretion to cancel district sponsored field trips based on local, national, or international events.
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