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Re: Failures on “field trips”
Posted by BDSO on 4/13/2018, 7:38 am, in reply to "Failures on “field trips”"
This is addressed in the Side-By-Side, pg. 8 #20, 21, & 23. It comes down to wha you are classifying the trip as. A case can be made for either position. If you are only traveling to and from the competition/performance, then the student cannot go on the trip. However, if the competition/performance is only one part of the trip (which it sounds like it is) then they can go on the trip, just not travel with the group to the competition/performance. My guess is you are classifying this trip as an "educational trip". In this case, pg. 8 #23 applies directly to you. This means they can go, but not assist or participate in the performance (according to the state law). Even if this were considered a "social activity" they could go on the trip (see #20). I know it isn't the answer you want to hear, but it is stated clearly. Now, as usual the district (and organizations within the district) can have rules that go above and beyond the rules. It sounds like you have this in place so I would stick to my guns and make sure you administration will back you up.
: I’ve got a trip to a festival in a few weeks
: and had a few kids fail this six weeks. I’ve
: warned them and their parents several times
: that they must be eligible to go with us.
: This is a TEA rule as we are going to a
: competition. This means they have lost their
: entire trip payment ($350) and I have one
: very upset parent. He is emailing everyone
: under the sun and is making a big stink
: about the fact that kids still go on field
: trips when they are failing (recently to the
: food bank for example). He is demanding that
: his kid be allowed to travel with the group
: and just not participate in the performance.
: My handbook and many emails clearly say
: otherwise but he is not backing down. Can
: you give me some other ways to explain this
: to him, or is he right? Has anyone been
: able to take failures along if they didn’t
: participate? IE: still going to six flags,
: staying in the hotel, etc. Thanks.