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BP 6153



School-Sponsored Trips

The San Benito County Board of Education (County Board) recognizes that school-sponsored trips are an important component of a student’s development and supplement and enrich the classroom learning experience.  School-sponsored trips may be conducted in connection with the San Benito County Office of Education (SBCOE) Alternative Education course of study or school-related social, educational, cultural, athletic, or other extracurricular or cocurricular activities.

Requests for school-sponsored trips involving out-of-state, or overnight travel shall be submitted to the Superintendent or designee.  The Superintendent or designee shall review the request and make a recommendation to the County Board as to whether the request should be approved by the County Board.  All other school-sponsored trips shall be approved in advance by the principal.


The principal shall establish a process for approving a staff member’s request to conduct a school-sponsored trip.  When planning trips, staff shall consider student safety, objectives of instruction, the most effective use of instructional time, the distance from school, district and student expense, and transportation and supervision requirements.  Principals may exclude from the trip any student whose presence on the trip would pose a safety or disciplinary risk.


No field trip shall be authorized if any student would be excluded from participation because of a lack of sufficient funds.  The Superintendent or designee shall coordinate with community groups to supply funds for students in need.  (Education Code 35330)


SBCOE Alternative Education funds shall not be used to pay student expenses for out-of-state field trips or excursions.  However, expenses of instructors, chaperones, and other personnel participating in such trips, as well as incidental expenses for the use of SBCOE Alternative Education equipment during the trip, may be paid from SBCOE Alternative Education funds.  (Education Code 35330)




Legal Reference:


8760  Authorization of outdoor science and conservation programs

32040-32044 First aid equipment: field trips

35330  Excursions and field trips

35331  Provision for medical or hospital service for pupils (on field trips)

35332  Transportation by chartered airline

35350  Transportation of students

44808  Liability when pupils not on school property

48908  Duties of pupils; authority of teachers


17540  Travel promoters

17550-17550.9  Sellers of travel

17552-17556.5  Educational travel organizations


Policy Adopted: 6-27-85

Policy Revised: 5-12-88; 10-14-93; 12-14-17