How to Avoid Legal Issues on a Field Trip

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Nicole Whaley EDU-215 July 29, 2012 Chris Farabee How to Avoid Legal Issues on a Field Trip Before making and planning or even discussion my plans to my classroom concerning a field trip, as a teacher my first move would be to contact my administrative superior, usually the principal of the school you reside in, and as to have my trip approved. I would then proceed to carefully and completely filling out a proposal that would include why I was interested in taking my student to this venture as well as what exactly it had to do with what it was we was studying in class. It would explain why I wanted to go, why I believed the students could learn something from being there, When exactly I wanted to go and where the destination is located. Once I received my approval, I would immediately proceed in making my reservation and acquiring the transportation need to bus the kids there. Field trips can be disastrous for teachers. So in a attempt to avoid such things I must ensure that my entire class have adequate care available to them so obtaining chaperones would be my next move. More so, I would ensure that the trip was age appropriate, that its physically conditions were suitable for my pupils and that mentally my class was ready and prepared to be there. I would have to be sure that I am aware of any handicaps my student may have and be aware of all allergies. I would need to have a first aid kit on site and if possible, pre-visit the location before I brought my class so that I can be pre-exposed to any dangers, health or safety hazards. Before allowing any of my students to board the school buss, I would double check with the school office that the buses are indeed insured with liability, that I have obtained written and signed permission for every child aboard the bus by his or her parent and guardian as well as their telephone numbers and contact

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