Safety Tips for Teachers on a Field Trip
If you plan to use a charter bus in order to take students on a field trip, there are a few important tips to keep in mind that will keep students safe. You’ll need to make sure everyone is accounted for before you leave, and on arrival, and you’ll need to make sure you can form a plan that will hold together for the day. You’ll be escorting a few dozen children around. It’s no easy task.
Here’s how you can do it well!
Maybe your field trip isn’t until three months. It doesn’t matter. Plan for a field trip now: call the airport shuttle company to charter a bus, touch base with the venue, plan for snacks, map out the drive, and do everything else you feel you need to do.
A good idea is to start fundraising early too. Whether you’re asking students to bring money for the trip, or fundraising through an event, start early so you can pay the costs upfront. Work with school administrators on this task, and make sure you plot out everything you’ll need to pay for:
- Shuttle bus
- Equipment for the trip (pertains to sports teams)
- Additional personnel (drivers and minders)
- Venue costs
Pre-Screen the Site
Visit the site yourself prior to the trip to make sure the venue is kid friendly. Look for anything that might present an issue, such as lack of medical arrangements or potential to accommodate special needs kids. Some of these issues may be more applicable than others, but pre-screening the site also gives you an idea of how your field trip will go.