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Tuolumne COE |  BP  6153  Instruction

School-Sponsored Trips   

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The Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools Office recognizes that field trips supplement and enrich the classroom learning experience, lead to increased student achievement, and foster student engagement. The Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools office 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 County Office's course of study or school- related social, educational, cultural, athletic, school band, or other extracurricular or cocurricular activities.

(cf. 6143 - Courses of Study)

(cf. 6145 - Extracurricular and Cocurricular Activities)

(cf. 6145.2 - Athletic Competition)

Requests for field trips involving out-of-county or overnight travel shall be approved in advance by the County Superintendent or designee. All other field trips shall be approved in advance by the principal/program administrator.

(cf. 3312.2 - Educational Travel Program Contracts)

The principal/program administrator shall establish a process for approving a staff member's request to conduct a field trip. When planning trips, staff shall consider student safety, objectives of instruction, the most effective use of instructional time, the distance from school/program site, County Office 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 County 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)

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: May 30, 2008 Sonora, California

revised: June 25, 2020