Outdoor Education (General Procedures)
Elementary - Curricular 2023
- All outdoor education excursions must be approved by the principal or designate.
- Approval must include consideration of itinerary, suitability of excursion activities to the curriculum, travel time, safety factors, supervision arrangements, age appropriateness (consult the school board’s field excursion policy).
- Consult the school board policy related to maximum number of days allowed for outdoor education excursions. A teacher must be designated as the supervisor in charge of the excursion.
- Parental/guardian consent forms must be on file prior to any student going on camping/swimming/canoeing/back-packing excursion.
- Information on parent/guardian consent forms must include itinerary including dates, routes, locations, contacts, relationship of excursion activities to curriculum, supervision arrangements, cost per student, behavioural expectations, inherent risks, and where applicable, parent/guardian information meeting.
- In an emergency situation (for example, lightning, severe weather, medical emergency) the supervisor in charge of the excursion must follow the school board protocol. If the excursion takes place at an outdoor education facility and the emergency protocol is more stringent than the school board protocol, then the outdoor education facility protocol must be followed.
- For all excursions requiring transportation, a list of students in each vehicle as well as a list of the drivers and license plate numbers of the vehicles will be left at the school; the list will also accompany the teachers/supervisors on the excursion.
- For overnight excursions, students must provide medical information to the teachers/supervisors.
- Refer to your school board policies regarding student medical/dietary conditions and student medications.
- Teachers and trip guide/instructors must:
- be aware of and respond to changing weather and water conditions prior to and during the trip;
- cancel, postpone or alter the excursion if conditions put students’ safety at an elevated level of risk. (for example, wind, temperature, lightning storms, fog).
- Teachers/supervisors must monitor weather conditions and postpone or modify the excursion to enhance safety of all individuals.
- Teachers/supervisors on excursions must have a list of parent/guardian contact/emergency numbers. Prior to the excursion, teachers/supervisors must plan how they will access emergency medical care.
- Students must be provided with a list of recommended clothing and personal items suitable for the specific activity.
- When combining two activities, consult the activity page for each activity.
Mon, 09/13/21 08:30 am