FIELD TRIPS AND EXCURSIONS
The Livingston Parish School Board recognizes that educational field trips and excursions for instructional purposes help provide desirable learning experiences. The Superintendent has the responsibility for the development of administrative criteria governing field trips and excursions. Only those field trips, however, that grow out of the instructional program or are otherwise related to the program are to be permitted on school time. Other trips such as those involving band and athletic activities should be confined to non-school time, except where the school is engaged in competition or a contest that requires use of school time.
Teachers planning on conducting field trips shall submit to the principal an application in writing. Before any trip or excursion is taken, written parental permission shall be secured for every pupil planning to take the trip. Students who have not submitted signed parental permission forms shall not be allowed to make the trip. A list of those students approved to take the trip shall be submitted to the principal's office prior to taking the trip.
Before approval of any field trip is given, it shall be determined whether the trip is covered by the Board's liability insurance. No travel shall be authorized where coverage cannot be secured prior to the trip commencing. Except in extreme cases approved by the principal of the school, private vehicles shall not be used for transporting children on field trips. Buses owned by or contracted to the school district or chartered buses, driven by certified drivers, shall be permitted, except as noted above.
The Board does not endorse the use of private vehicles to transport students to and/or from interscholastic activities. However, it recognizes the need for additional transportation at certain times as covered in policy EDAE, Transportation in Private Vehicles.
Whenever any student trip or excursion utilizes the services of a travel agent or booking agent to provide or arrange for transportation or lodging, the School Board shall require the travel agent or booking agent to provide proof of adequate insurance and present to the Board a surety bond sufficient to insure recovery of all monetary advances as a result of nonperformance. The amount of the bond shall be at least equal to any payments made to the travel agent agency or booking agent prior to the date of travel. In addition, any bond issued shall be from a surety company licensed to do business in Louisiana and approved by the Board. A certified check from the travel agency covering the full amount of advanced payment may be accepted by the Board, but only when a bond is not available.
Additional regulations governing field trips or excursions for students that involve travel or lodging may be maintained by the Superintendent and staff.
The principal of a junior high, middle school, or high school shall be prohibited from approving any field trip or extracurricular activity promoted by any individual, organization, or entity which plans, promotes, or organizes travel arrangements, unless the trip or activity is in accordance with all Board and staff established criteria, and is covered by proper insurance and an acceptable surety bond.
Revised: September, 2004
Ref: La. Rev. Stat. Ann. ''17:81, 17:176.1.