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Lakeside Union SD (Lakeside) |  AR  6153  Instruction

School-Sponsored Trips   

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Students on school-sponsored trips are under the jurisdiction of the district and shall be subject to district and school rules and regulations.

(cf. 5131 - Conduct)

(cf. 5131.1 - Bus Conduct)

(cf. 5144 - Discipline)

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

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that adequate supervision is provided on all school-sponsored trips and that there is an appropriate ratio of adults to students present on the trip. If the trip involves water activities, this ratio shall be revised as necessary.

Parent/Guardian Permission

Before a student can participate in a school-sponsored trip, the teacher shall obtain parent/guardian permission for the trip. Whenever a trip involves water activities, the parent/guardian shall provide specific permission for his/her child to participate in the water activities. The district shall provide an alternative educational experience for students whose parents/guardians do not wish them to participate in a trip.

All persons making the field trip or excursion shall be deemed to have waived all claims against the district or the State of California for injury, accident, illness, or death occurring during or by reason of the field trip or excursion. (Education Code 35330)

Safety Issues

1. While conducting a trip, the teacher, employee, or agent of the school shall have the school's first aid kit in his/her possession or immediately available. (Education Code 32041)

Whenever trips are conducted in areas known to be infested with poisonous snakes, the first aid kit taken on the trip shall contain medically accepted snakebite remedies. In addition, a teacher, employee, or agent of the school who has completed a first aid course which is certified by the American Red Cross and which emphasizes the treatment of snakebites shall participate in the trip. (Education Code 32043)

2. When approving (or disapproving) a study trip, the principal shall have satisfactory assurance of the following:

a. No admission or service charge can be paid by the students but may be paid by the district with Board approval.

b. The site has been checked by the teacher and found to be free from potential safety hazards to children.

c. Student visitors are desired by the resource.

d. The resource is clearly related to the instructional objectives of the school and the class.

Student Excursions

Student excursions require Board approval. An "excursion" is the outgrowth of a school activity or planning that takes place during a school day or on school time, and which requires student expenditures and travel well outside of the school day or outside of the county. It is immaterial that the trip: a) was or was not sponsored by school personnel, b) is educational or recreational in nature, and c) is conducted on or outside of school time.

1. Sponsoring Group: Examples of groups which may sponsor student excursions - Student Councils, PTA, parents, service clubs.

2. Criteria for Approval: Criteria for approval shall include the following:

a. All costs are borne by participating students.

b. No youngster will be denied the right to participate due to lack of funds.

c. Appropriate rules or conduct will be observed.

d. Appropriate supervision will be provided by proper school employees.

e. No school time shall be used for these activities.

f. No child shall be denied access to the trip because of physical limitations.

g. Students may be denied access based on deportment standards.


approved: September 17, 2012 Lakeside, California