Outdoor Education (General Procedures)
Secondary - 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/backpacking 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 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 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 safety guidelines for each activity.
- Both male and female supervisors must accompany mixed groups for overnight excursions.
- At least one supervisor must be a teacher.
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