Field trips are permissible when the experiences are an integral part of the school curriculum and/or contribute to the District’s educational goals.
All field trips must have the Superintendent or designee’s prior approval, except that field trips beyond a 200-mile radius of the school or extending overnight must have the prior approval of the Board. The following factors are analyzed when determining whether to approve a field trip: educational value, student safety, parent concerns, heightened security alerts, and liability concerns. On all field trips, a bus fee set by the Superintendent or designee may be charged to help defray the transportation costs.
Parents/guardians of students:
1. must be given the opportunity to consent to their child’s participation in any field trips, and
2. are responsible for all entrance fees, food, lodging, or other costs, except that the district will pay such costs for students who qualify for free to reduced school lunches. All non-participating students shall be provided an alternative experience. Any field trip may be cancelled without notice due to danger to students, staff, or chaperones. Monies deposited may be forfeited.
Privately-arranged trips, including those led by District staff members, shall not be represented as or construed to be sponsored by the District or school. The District does not provide liability protection for privately arranged trips and is not responsible for any damages arising from them.
LEGAL REF: 105 ILCS 5/29-3.1
CROSS REF: 6:10, 7:270
ADOPTED: October 4, 1999
REVISED: November 20, 2003; October 24, 2013