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School-Sponsored Trips   

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The Board of Education recognizes that field trips supplement and enrich the classroom learning experience, lead to increased student achievement, and foster student engagement. The Board encourages field trips to reinforce and increase learning opportunities and to enhance district programs.

(cf. 0460 - Local Control and Accountability Plan)

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)

(cf. 6143 - Courses of Study)

(cf. 6145 - Extracurricular and Cocurricular Activities)

(cf. 6145.2 - Athletic Competition)

The Board directs the Superintendent to develop and implement such rules as may be necessary to ensure the safety and proper conduct of students while on school-sponsored cocurricular and extracurricular trips. Such rules shall be included in the annual notification to students and parents/guardians concerning discipline of students. All cocurricular and extracurricular trips shall be planned in advance. Trips no longer than one day in duration that begin and end at the school site require the principal's approval.

Any trip requiring a student to miss more than one day of school, whether cocurricular or extracurricular, or involving travel out of the State or overnight travel or overnight stay shall require prior written approval by the Superintendent or designee. As defined, cocurricular or extracurricular trips involving out of State travel or overnight stay scheduled on weekends, holidays, or other non-school days shall also require prior written approval by the Superintendent or designee.

Requests for field 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. Final approval of any such trip will be solely determined by the Board.

(cf. 3312.2 - Educational Travel Program Contracts)

The principal shall establish a process for approving a staff member's request to conduct a field trip. When planning trips, staff shall consider student safety, medical needs, 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)

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 with community groups to supply funds for students in need. (Education Code 35330)

(cf. 1230 - School-Connected Organizations)

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

(cf. 1700 - Relations Between Private Industry and the Schools)

Appropriate fundraising activities for the purpose of financing such trips are encouraged. Any fundraising activities associated with such trips shall require prior written approval of the site principal. No student shall be denied the opportunity to participate in a cocurricular or extracurricular trip which is related to classroom instruction because of his/her inability to pay admission fees, lunches or other costs. No student shall be required to pay the costs of transportation, admission fees, or any other costs related to trips which are deemed a part of the instructional program.

Although there is merit in students participating in recreational field trips/activities, these shall be viewed as outside of the jurisdiction of the school district, and will, therefore, not be sanctioned or sponsored by a site or by the district.

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.

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:


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


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: April 19, 2018 Burbank, California