|FIELD TRIPS AND SCHOOL-SPONSORED TRAVEL|
The School Board recognizes that educational field trips and travel can provide desirable learning opportunities. The Superintendent has the responsibility for the development of administrative criteria governing field trips and other school-sponsored travel. Only experiences that grow out of the curriculum or are otherwise related to the academic program are permitted during instructional time. Other trips, such as those involving extracurricular activities, should be confined to non-instructional time, except where the school is engaged in competition or performance that requires the use of school time. Trips out of state or those involving distances of over 100 miles shall be submitted to the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for approval.
The school principal shall develop a procedure to review and approve one-day field trips. It is expected that the principal will consider factors such as the purpose and timeliness of the trip in relation to the academic program, reasonable costs, and safety concerns. Measures should be taken to ensure that written parental permission is obtained for each student and that clear communication occurs concerning the destination, planned activities, mode of transportation, fees, and deadlines. A class should make no more than four field trips during a school year, and care should be taken to evenly space such trips. Special needs students involved in community-based education shall be permitted regular excursions into the community in fulfillment of life skills instruction.
The Superintendent shall be charged with the responsibility to set the field trip compensation schedule for bus owner/operators and regulations regarding its implementation, as well as periodic revisions, as needed.
The Board discourages the use of private vehicles to transport students to and from school-organized activities. However, it recognizes the need for such transportation at certain times. Use of private vehicles should be confined to short distances with provisions that parent permission is obtained for each student to ride in a private vehicle and that such vehicles are driven by properly licensed and insured adults. Requests to use private vehicles for longer distances shall be submitted to the Deputy Superintendent.
Periodically, schools may sponsor excursions within or outside the United States, which last overnight or longer. Such trips should be planned in conjunction with holidays and/or weekends to minimize time from the classroom. The school principal shall submit a travel itinerary, a plan of educational activities, and other pertinent information, such as the number of participants and mode of transportation, to the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. The request shall be sent well in advance of the proposed date of travel, no information shall be disseminated to students or parents prior to approval being granted. If using a travel agent or other booking agent to arrange transportation or lodging, the agent must have insurance and be bonded. Such insurance coverage and bonding capacity shall be sufficient to insure recovery of all monetary advances as result of nonperformance. Schools must retain proof of insurance and bonding capacity with a copy of the agreement signed with the agent.
Individuals, groups, or agencies organizing non-school sponsored travel within or outside the United States shall not be permitted to distribute information, recruit, hold meetings, or otherwise utilize the premises or work time of the St. Tammany Parish Public School System.
Ref: Revised 10-09-08
Superintendent’s Regulations for Field Trip Compensation
Bus drivers will be paid the greater of:
Schools must remit to the Business Affairs Department of the School Board 30% of the field trip fee payment for employer’s contribution for Medicare, Workers Compensation and retirement. The percentage is subject to adjustment based on actual rates.