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Field Trips

4. Field Trips

Each class is allocated 1 bus for field trips per year. This may vary with each teacher, so please check with your individual teacher to see what they have planned. Some plan more trips that are “walking” field trips. Sometimes the teacher likes to handle the whole thing. 1st grade classes must stay on campus and the kinder liaison team will bring in the field trip and will request money from you from your class fund.

For grades 2-5, field trips happen 2 different ways: walking, or via bus. The cost per bus changes yearly but is approx. $400 and should come out of the class fund. Each bus holds 65 people. For grades 2 & 3, it’s ideal for classes to share a bus for the shared expense, as well as the shared experience. For grades 4 & 5 one bus per class due to class size. Please check with front office for forms.

Helpful Guidelines:
1. Designate one of the room parents to be the Field Trip Coordinator.
2. Submit the paperwork, at least one month in advance, and secure the buses.
3. Schedule around enrichment classes and not during the last two weeks of school, or conflict with any school assemblies, special programs, or events.
4. Field trips on Tuesdays must return no later than 1:00pm and on other days must return no later than 2:00pm.
5. The money for your field trip should be taken out of the class fund. No child will be excluded from a trip or activity because they cannot afford it.
6. Submit paperwork at least one month prior to your trip. This paperwork includes:
(A) Schedule Request form 
(B) the LAUSD Request Trip form (ask your teacher for their employee number) and hand in to the office. At the same time, you must submit your "Send Home Letter", the informational letter to parents. 
(C) Requests for school buses:
7. If a bus is arranged, all students and volunteer chaperones must ride the bus to the field trips. If there is insufficient room on the bus, volunteer chaperones only may ride separately but must still be limited to the previously mentioned ratio UNLESS the teacher feels the need for additional assistance on a particular trip. Please note that classroom aides attending are exempt from the total chaperone count.
8. Once the office has approved the field trip, your teacher will be notified. The field trip will also be placed on the calendar in the main office. Now you will be able to pick up permission slips from the office.
9. Send the informational letter, detailing the trip including the permission slips home to the parents for signatures no later than 2 weeks prior to the field trip.