Policy 8460


The Board of Education recognizes that field/interscholastic trips are an educationally sound and important ingredient in the instructional and extracurricular programs of our schools.  Field trips of significant educational or recreational value are encouraged and permitted under the regulations established by the Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee.  Education value, educational equity, safety, orderliness and minimal disruption to the regular instructional schedule are factors which should receive prime consideration.

Field trips are in one of four categories:

a) Curriculum trips
b) Trips sponsored by classes/organizations
c) Interscholastic trips
d) Academic Competitions

All trips should be in District-owned conveyances.  Trips using conveyances other than District-owned shall require prior approval from the Superintendent.

School principals and the Director of Physical Education and Athletics must fill out completely and submit to the Superintendent Field/Interscholastic Trip Applications, at least three (3) months in advance of the planned event.  Requests with less than three (3) months notice require justification in order to be considered for approval.

Requests must be made before the students and parents are involved.  This will ensure that the trip is judged by the Superintendent of Schools and the Board of Education on the basis of the merit of the event.

For all field trips and/or athletic competitions, except regularly scheduled academic and athletic competitions, which are greater than fifty (50) miles one way, or include overnight lodging, applications shall be transmitted to the Superintendent, who will submit his/her recommendation to the Board of Education for their approval.

Field trips for academic and athletic competitions at state, regional or national levels for academic or athletic teams, who qualify, may be approved by the Superintendent or his/her designee at the time the team is notified of the opportunity.

All field/interscholastic trips will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Superintendent or his/her designee.

Charter Bus Trips for Students

The Board of Education endorses the use of field trips to enhance the instructional goals of the District. The Board recognizes that, on occasion, the use of non-school owned conveyances must be considered and that the safety and welfare of its students is of paramount concern.

Student bus trips should be in district-owned conveyances. Trips using conveyances other than district-owned shall require prior approval from the Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee.

Trips using charter buses shall require the approval of the Director of Transportation due to the necessity of following the Department of Motor Vehicle guidelines regulating charter trips.

Building groups initiating a student field trip requiring the use of a chartered bus must submit a Request for Charter Bus Transportation Approval to the office of the Assistant Superintendent for Instruction for submission to the Board of Education.

Adopted: 6/22/99
Revised: 9/24/02

Policy 8460