Field Trips

Field trips are academic, athletic, and activity district/school sponsored day trips that do not require overnight accommodations. 

Activities conducted outside of the traditional classroom setting provide opportunities for students to enhance their learning experiences, skills, demonstrate proficiencies in various performance areas, enhance their esteem, and represent their schools and community in sanctioned competitions. For these reasons, approved activities that interrupt a student's schedule should be respected for their worth, not their inconvenience in terms of scheduling make-up work or alternative learning experiences.

In order to minimize the disruption to classes that occurs when a student is out of school for an approved activity, the sponsoring staff member has a responsibility to communicate information to affected teachers in a timely fashion that allows the student and teacher the opportunity to discuss the impact of the absence on that student's work in that course. The responsibility to manage time and studies rests with the student. Ample time must be allowed for the student(s) to contact each of their teachers and discuss the impact of their absences on their studies. For this reason, situations where students are taken out of class at the last minute should be avoided.


The school staff is responsible, individually and collectively, for establishing and protecting the integrity of the instructional program and learning process. Consistent student attendance ensures continuity of instruction and enables learning.

A field trip is a school-sponsored learning activity that provides students with an essential learning opportunity that is otherwise unavailable. When learning experiences are made available in the community, they should be considered as integral components of the course/program/activity. Field trips are considered suitable if students acquire knowledge and skillsrelated to the course, program, and/or state learning standards. Accordingly, students must know the purpose of the trip and be held accountable for achieving the outcomes of the field trip experience.

A field trip that removes a student from regularly scheduled classes must be sufficiently worthwhile to justify a student missing his/her other classes. The educational purpose of the trip should be documented in terms of learner outcomes that are directly related to the program or course objectives and state learning standards.

Wherever possible, field trips should be conducted after school hours or during evenings or weekends.

While the educational value of every field trip can be determined by the sponsoring teachers in the context of a specific course or program, broader consideration must be given to the value of a trip in the contexts of the educational program of the school and the other courses on the student's schedule. All teachers are responsible for comparing the benefit of a field trip to the cost of absence from classes. In the end, the overall benefit of a field trip experience to a student must outweigh the overall cost to the student, to the other teachers, and to the educational program of the school. The principalship is ultimately responsible for judging the value of a trip in the larger context of the educational program.

Competitions, Contests, Performances, and Recognitions

Competitions, contests performances, and recognitions sanctioned by recognized national or state organizations, the Mid-Suburban League, or District 214, in which individual students, teams, or performance groups compete or are adjudicated are not field trips. Such events are calendared in advance even though the identity of actual participants may not be known until shortly before the event. Recognitions are events in which students or student groups receive rewards or recognition directly associated with the school or which have an overwhelming public relations benefit to the school community. The school's operations team will determine permission for students to participate in competitions, contests, performances, and recognitions.

Modes of Transportation

School van

  1. Must be signed out in advance with Kym Corbett in the Main Office.
  2. Can be fueled at Mobile, Buffalo Grove Rd. & Dundee Rd. or BP at Dundee and Kennicott.
  3. They have the credit card. School will purchase gas.
  4. If less than 1/4 tank of gas - fuel before returning.
  5. April Wegrzyn has the credit card for extended trips.
  6. Capacity* - seven passengers + one driver or fourteen passenger + one driver
  7. User to return van with gas (more than 1/4 of tank) and litter removed.

School Bus

48 passengers 2 to a seat or 72 passengers 3 to a seat.

Field Trip Rates:

  • 3 hour minimum
  • $53.05 per hour plus parking and tolls
  • Charter trips that involve bus work between 7:00 - 9:30 am or 2:00 - 4:00 pm could be subject to an additional $100 surcharge.

Complete Bus Request Form with Field Trip Approval Form.

Field Trip/bus money to be deposited into respective accounts:

ESL/Bilingual 04-08-363 Science 04-08-370
Career and Technical Education 04-08-361 Social Science 04-08-371
English 04-08-362 Summer 04-08-374
Foreign Language 04-08-365 Art 04-08-360
Student Services 04-08-373 Physical Education 04-08-369

Deposit envelope to indicate: Faculty Name - Date of Field Trip - Destination.

Bills will automatically be paid upon arrival. Note will be sent to faculty member indicating bill amount has been paid.


Click below to download the forms.

PDF Field Trip Policy 7.1.1

PDF Field Trip Procedures

PDF Field Trip Rationale/Approval

PDF Blackout Dates