. Are ineligible students permitted to travel on school designated educational trips? All students may
travel with school groups on school designated educational trips. On such trips, ineligible students shall not
take part in or assist with performances unless the performance is permitted according to the provisions in 19
TAC §76.1001 (a) (2). (See “Extracurricular Absences.”)
He basically told me that if my trip to Six Flags was not an "educational trip," then I would not be able to take that trip in the future. My argument back was that we were then rewarding kids for failing classes (in those particular cases, they were kids who refused to turn in work). He would not change his decision. I think he just didn't want to deal with those kids being at school with nothing to do during class that day. Those kids were not allowed to participate in the performance, so they sat in the bleachers at Six Flags and did written assignments instead.
I thought about making them sit with me all day rather than enjoying the park. In the end, I decided that was more punishment for me than it was for them, so I just let them go.
Since that time, I've always included in the trip contract (due with the first deposit) a statement about grades, eligibility, and non-refundability. Since that contract is signed by both parents and students, he's backed me when I've told kids they can't come because of grades.
: 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.