Top Three Things to Consider about School Trips
Teachers and administrators have very rewarding jobs. Getting to be the ones to foster educational growth in children is extremely gratifying, but what’s really fun is getting to plan field trips. There’s nothing quite like showing children a place they’ve never seen before and watching them experience it with excitement. Getting there and making sure everything goes safely and smoothly, though, is another story. If you want a class trip to go well, there are a few things you need to consider.
Number of Chaperones: It’s important to have chaperones on any class trip. They make sure that each student is safe and not breaking any rules of the location they are visiting. Additionally, they ensure that every student makes it to and from the location safely and help guide them through their trip to help them get the most of it. However, too many chaperones can simply mean taking up too much space on the bus and spending too much of the school’s money. On the other hand, not having enough means things could quickly get out of hand. It’s best to have one chaperone (including teachers) for every seven students, so that the students can then be broken into groups.
Type of Bus Rentals: Consider the length of the trip and how many people total will need to take the buses. It’s always going to be most cost-efficient to rent the fewest buses possible, so if you can get a larger bus and only have to rent one, this is recommended. If the trip is long, you want to <strong>rent a charter bus</strong> with more amenities, such as TVs and DVD players and restrooms. Children tend to get antsy on long car rides and it’s best to keep them entertained.
Lunch Plans: Everyone will need to eat! Is it in the budget to stop somewhere for lunch? If so, pick a place nearby to the location or that can be visited without going off the route. If not, make sure ample notice is given to the students’ parents that they will need to pack lunch. It may not be a bad idea to bring a few extra bagged lunches so that students who may not be able to bring their lunch (or who forget) will still have something to eat.