According to a couple of my sources, other SPS high schools, primarily thru their teachers, are pulling back on field trips.
What are the issues?
- the official list of forms at the district website are gone (note: I could not find the webpage that describes what the district is doing BUT I put in "field trip" into Search and I found a 67-page document with all the forms. It is quite a formidable read (both because of format and length).
- according to my source, the official checklist is not complete, with multiple forms required have never existed (and may not exist at all)
- some teachers have been told that they need food handler permits
- the district wants to see maps/plans on how chaperones will account for all the students...4x a night
What a mess.
But frankly, it is a mess made at the hands of management, not the teachers. (Granted the teachers on the Garfield trip did not do well but if procedures and protocols had been followed, the trip might have had a different outcome). It may be that SPS just wants to either wash its hands of field trips OR only day trips OR only the most organized teachers and chaperones can pull them off.
I don't know what parents could do to help if teachers feel overwhelmed by the effort to organize these trips. I worry that long-established trips will (somehow) continue but others may fall by the wayside.
Does it have to be a choice between safety and the ability for a teacher to plan and organize a field trip they believe will benefit students?