The board recognizes that a properly planned, well conducted, and carefully supervised field trip is a vital part of the curriculum of any classroom. As such, student trips of significant educational value are to be encouraged.
Field trips shall have the prior approval of the building principal. An advance consent form of the student’s parents is required to be completed and on file in the building of attendance. This will be required for any excursion involving the use of public or private transportation.
Field trips overnight or trips outside of the state must have the approval of the board. Sufficient sponsors shall be furnished and financial provisions shall be arranged.
Administrative guidelines by building principals and approved by the superintendent of schools will determine specific procedures for each building. For example, limits may be placed on the number of trips per building and their nature, the grade level, and the classrooms each year. Typically, fees charged to attend performances, entrance to an exhibit, etc., will be paid by the students or through fund raisers by the students and not the school district.
Legal Reference: 390 C.F.R. Pt. 390.3(f) (1993).
Iowa Code §§ 279.8.
281 I.A.C. 43.9.
Approved 03/25/91 Reviewed 03/20/2017 Revised