I have already heard from parents who have had students go on successful trips in the past. Will he actually say no if the Garfield Jazz Band is again invited to the Essentially Ellington competition?
I find some of the "suggestions" for future field trips both surprising and sad, mainly because I can't believe they weren't in place already.
Create and require Field Trip Point/Lead Team: Field Trip Point/Lead Team should ideally have a male and a female faculty person and will need to receive training on protocol, systems, requirements, expectations, etc.
There's no lead for field trips? How can that be?
How to create a safe environment where students are able to get the resources that they need?
I'm not even sure what this means? Provide a safe environment on a field trip? What resources does he mean?
Here's his letter to parents:
Seattle Public Schools (SPS) is currently conducting trainings and restructuring the District field trip policies and procedures. At this time, I cannot approve any overnight field trips, until I am assured systems are in place to provide educational, empowering and safe experiences for all participants.
Seattle Public Schools is seeking feedback and task force involvement to review and improve our field trip policies. I have attached here for your review, some of my input. It is crucial that our Garfield community lead by example, and unite to advocate for a resolution. I encourage you to be part of this dialogue.
Here is the link to the task force. Please sign up by Friday, September 26, 2014.
Editor's note: Here's the salient link for the taskforce.
Contingent on the task force recommendations and the resulting District field trip policy revisions, I hope to again accept field trip applications in January 2015. This deadline may change, depending on the recommendations from the task force.
As Principal of Garfield High School, I am responsible for all areas of our school, including the safety and security of all students and faculty. Please understand that I fully appreciate the value of field trips and am making every effort to work with the District to complete the field trip policy update, as soon as possible. At this time though, there are no Garfield overnight field trips approved for the current school year.
I always welcome and appreciate your feedback and concerns.
Ted Howard II Principal, Garfield HS
Garfield HS PTSA