The District is definitely having trouble around field trips.
There has always been incidents of misbehavior on field trips but they didn't get much publicity until the report of a rape on a Garfield High School field trip to NatureBridge. The review of that incident revealed the lax supervision that was practiced and the total neglect of the policies and procedures.
Then came stricter field trip procedures, then talk that overnight field trips just wouldn't happen anymore, then their return, then the misbehavior and procedure violations on a Garfield Choir trip to New Orleans, and now the trouble over including all Stevens Elementary fifth graders on a field trip.
Is there a single flaw at the root of all of these problems or are these all separate issues? We have a problem when students with a history of sexual harassment are allowed on a field trip (New Orleans), when they are allowed on the field trip without extra supervision (New Orleans), when they are not allowed on a field trip (Stevens), when the extra supervision is requested (Stevens), and when the extra supervision is denied (Stevens), and when the field trip is cancelled because the teachers don't feel well supported and refuse to accept the liability (Stevens).
Can there be a resolution to these problems?