Field Trip Information
RSK-F106F

ISO Form Risk & Disability Management Department

This Field Trip Information (RSK-F106F) is provided in the form of a checklist to assist you in completing the necessary paperwork for field trips.  Please note new law on boosters and car seats for students under 8.  For trips other than local, please submit this form with the necessary information to the segment administrator for approval.   On the day of the trip updated rosters and transportation lists should be submitted to the school office and provided to the driver(s).  Student Field Trip Authorization forms are carried by the teacher on the trip.  Important:  Keep all field trip documents on file at the site for at least two years.

 Local Trip (50 mile radius) 

Out-of-Town (beyond 50 mile radius)

Overnight Trip

Field Trip Involving Swimming or Wading – please add additional forms to appropriate trip:

  • Segment Administrator Approval (6 weeks prior to trip)
  • Lifeguard Certificate and specific Chaperones ratios are required per Board Policy AR 6153
  • Certificate of Insurance from private pool owner required per Board Policy AR 6153

Field Trip Involving Unusual Activities – please add additional forms to appropriate trip:

(High risk activities such as rafting, snorkeling, rock climbing, skiing, etc.)
  • Segment Administrator Approval (6 weeks prior to trip)
  • Risk Management Approval (Must be submitted 6 weeks prior to trip)
  • Itinerary
  • Special Parent Waiver may be required
  • Special Event Liability Insurance Application (RSK-F105B) may be required

Out of State/Country – BOARD APPROVAL REQUIRED

Other Information

Transportation:

Bus Transportation:  Only buses licensed to carry school children can be used.  Check with Transportation Services for availability or a list of approved bus companies for rental information.
Van Transportation:  Vehicles designed to hold more than ten people, including the driver, are not allowed regardless of the number of people riding.  There will be no secondary liability coverage by the district or their insurers for any such vehicles.  The district will not pay for nor be responsible for any collision or comprehensive damage to the vehicle.  (A 10-14 passenger van with seats removed does not qualify to carry students – See annual bulletin on vehicle restrictions) 
Limousines are discouraged; if used, they must comply with van transportation requirements and have seatbelts.
Private Vehicle Transportation: Secure the “Volunteer Personal Automobile Use Form” for each vehicle.

Car Seats and Boosters:  If a child is transported in a vehicle and meets the criteria of under 8 and under 4’ 9”, they are required to be in a car seat or booster seat.  The regulation does not apply to buses.  Here is the link to the CHP site regarding the law.   LINK to CHP

Trips involving water or water activities including swimming or wading  All certificated employees and adults associated with the trip are to be familiar with District policies/regulations including Board Policy AR 6153:
Swimming facilities, including backyard pools, must be inspected by the principal and teacher before the trip is scheduled.  Owners of private pools must provide a certificate of insurance, designating the district as an additional insured, for not less than $500,000 in liability coverage.

Lifeguards must be designated for all swimming activities. If lifeguards are not provided by the pool owner or operator, the principal shall ensure their presence. Lifeguards must be Red Cross certified or equivalent and must be at least 21 years old.

The ratio of adult chaperones to students shall be at least one to ten. In grades 4-6, this ratio shall be one to eight. In grades K-3, this ratio shall be one to four.  Specific supervisory responsibilities shall be determined in advance to accommodate the varying swimming abilities of students. These responsibilities shall be clarified in writing and reviewed verbally before the trip.

Emergency procedures shall be included with written instructions to adult chaperones and staff.

Staff and chaperones assigned to supervise students must wear swim suits and know how to swim.  The principal may require students to wear flotation devices, depending upon their age and swimming ability.  A buddy-system or other means of surveillance shall be arranged in advance and strictly enforced during swimming activities.

Unusual Activities, certain water or high risk activities (examples: rafting, snorkeling, rock climbing, skiing, etc.) may not be approved or a special parent waiver may be required.  Prior to signing a contract or waiver with a vendor, submit a copy  to Risk Management for review and approval.

Out-of-State or Out-of-Country Trips: To be forwarded to Associate Superintendent (Six Weeks prior to trip) along with the Field Trip Request form:  (1) Completed Out-of-State/Out-of-Country Form  (2) Pertinent information required for completion of the agenda item:  reason for trip, itinerary, accommodation information including facility name, address, phone number, etc. and funding source for cost of trip and transportation