"In the Know" Weekly Newsletter - The International School

Field Trips & Chaperoning: What Parents Need to Know

               Photo by Tom WIddows

               Photo by Tom WIddows

Field trips are an integral part of TIS’ IB program as they encourage deeper understanding of a unit of inquiry by connecting classroom learning to interactive, real world settings. To ensure that field trips are safe we rely on parent chaperones to help transport students and to keep them safe and engaged during field trip activities. Thank you to all who have generously donated their time to chaperone a field trip in the past.

Please review the following information regarding field trips and parent chaperones.

Field Trips: Top 5 Things Parents Need to Know

1.) Visit intlschool.org/field-trips for information on requirements for field trip chaperones. Background checks are required for all field trip chaperones and can take 2-4 weeks to process.  Apply early if you are interested in helping with field trips (the form is available on the website). There are additional requirements for driving students on a field trip. Review full details at intlschool.org/field-trips.

2.) Your child's teacher will notify you (via email) with at least 10 days notice to announce an upcoming field trip.  At that time, she/he will request chaperone assistance.  If you are interested in chaperoning, you must contact the teacher at least one week in advance to express your interest.  All approved chaperones will receive an approval email from the Transportation Coordinator (Meredith) once they've been approved.  Please respect our chaperone approval process by ONLY attending field trips for which you have been approved.  

3.) Even if you have an up-to-date background check on file, you may not be able to attend all of your child's field trips.  Sometimes we have limited space at field trip locations and simply can't take all parents who are interested.  Please "step back" if you typically chaperone many field trips and let other class parents have a chance.

4.) Being a field trip chaperone is an important job and we have essential agreements in place for this role, which were established with input from teachers and administrators.  While you are chaperoning, be safe, respectful, and responsible, just like our students are! (Click on the link above for details).

5.) If you have any questions about field trips or want to know what chaperone documents we have on file for you, contact our Transportation Coordinator, Meredith Fleming at meredithf@intlschool.org.  

Here's to another great year and many fun and educational field trips!