The School Board of Miami-Dade County
Bylaws & Policies
Unless a specific policy has been amended and the date the policy was revised is noted at the bottom of that policy, the Bylaws and Policies of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools were adopted on May 11, 2011 and were in effect beginning July 1, 2011.


Field trips should supplement and enrich classroom procedures by providing learning experiences in an environment outside the schools, arouse new interests among students, help students relate school experiences to the reality of the world outside of school, bring the resources of the community - natural, artistic, industrial, commercial, governmental, educational - within the student's learning experience, and afford students the opportunity to study real things and real processes in their actual environment.

A field trip is any planned journey by one or more students away from District premises which is an integral part of a course of study and is under the direct supervision and control of an instructional staff member or any advisor designated by the Superintendent.

Other District-sponsored trips are defined as any planned, student-travel activity approved as part of the District's total educational program and is under the direct supervision and control of an instructional staff member or any advisor designated by the Superintendent.

The School Board does not endorse, support, or assume liability for any staff member, volunteer, or parent of the District who takes students on trips not approved by the Board or Superintendent. No staff member may solicit District students for these trips within the facilities or on the school grounds of the District, and may not use District field trip forms, without permission from the Superintendent. Permission to solicit neither grants nor implies approval of the trip. Approval must be obtained according to the District's administrative procedures.

The Superintendent shall prepare administrative procedures for the operation of both field and other District-sponsored trips, including athletic trips, which shall address:

 A.the safety and well-being of students;

 B.parental permission is sought and obtained before any student leaves the District on a trip;

 C.proper planning of each trip, and that a field trip is integrated with the curriculum, evaluated, and followed by appropriate activities which enhance its usefulness;

 D.the effectiveness of field trip activities judged by demonstrated learning outcomes;

 E.proper supervision of students by school employees;
  Parents are permitted to assist in such supervision, if appropriately approved as volunteers (Policy 2430.01). The adult/student ratio shall be 1:15 or less.

 F.student behavior while on all field trips complies with the Student Code of Conduct and on all other trips complies with an approved code of conduct for the trip;

 G.a copy of each student's Emergency Medical Authorization Form is in the possession of the staff member in charge;

 H.provisions have been made for the administration of medication to those students for whom medications are administered routinely while at school;

 I.provisions have been made at the trip destination and in transportation, if and when required to accommodate students and/or chaperones with disabilities.

An instructional staff member shall not change a planned itinerary while the trip is in progress, except where the health, safety, or welfare of the students in his/her charge is imperiled or where changes or substitutions beyond his/her control have frustrated the purpose of the trip. When alteration of the itinerary is necessary, the instructional staff member in charge shall notify the administrative superior immediately.

School-sponsored trips involving students traveling by air must be with a Federal Aviation Administration certified air carrier.

School-sponsored trips involving students traveling by ship must be with a carrier certified by the U.S. Coast Guard.

School-sponsored trips involving students traveling by train must be with a carrier certified by the Federal Railroad Administration.

School-sponsored out-of-state trips involving students traveling by bus must be with a carrier certified by the Bureau of Motor Carrier Safety. Local and intrastate trips involving students traveling by bus must comply with Florida law and Board policies.

In the planning of field trips, absences from school should be restricted to the least number of school days possible. The educational purpose and length of the field trip must be approved by the principal. Provisions for students to make up assignments for classes missed due to participation in field trips must comply with procedures outlined in Policy 5200.

Students shall not be denied the privilege of participating in a field trip because of financial need. A roster is to be submitted along with the field trip application request that includes the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of all students who are eligible to participate in the field trip regardless of the student's decision to participate in the trip. Clubs and/or organizations shall provide funds from fund-raising activities to assist students with demonstrable needs. Provisions shall be made, when necessary, to finance the field trip through fund-raising activities. Those students participating in the fund-raising efforts shall receive commensurate credit toward the trip.

Permission for students to participate in any of the following events within the State may be granted by the principal:

 A.scheduled Florida High School Athletic Association events;

 B.scheduled vocational student organization events;

 C.scheduled interscholastic athletic events.

Requests for student groups other than those indicated above or pre-approved by the Board to leave the county for events, shall be directed by the principal to the Region Superintendent for approval or disapproval prior to the formulation of plans for the trip.

An ad hoc task force consisting of a representative from the Miami-Dade Council of Parent-Teacher Association/Parent-Teacher-Student Association, the Family and Community Involvement Advisory Committee, the United Teachers of Dade, Region and District administration, students and principals, will be appointed annually, by the Superintendent, or his/her designee, to develop a list of recommended out-of-county and out-of-state trips for submission to the Board for action prior to the 1st of September. Approval of this list by the Board would permit students to participate, providing the trip is recommended by the principal. All other out-of-state and out-of-country trips will require specific Board approval and shall be directed to the Superintendent and include the recommendation of the Administrative Director of the Division of Athletics/Activities and Accreditation.

Field trip requests to be approved by the Board may be submitted to the Administrative Director of the Division of Athletics, Activities and Accreditation at any time, but no later than thirty (30) school days before the Board meeting prior to the anticipated trip. In cases of emergency the Board may, upon request, permit exceptions to this requirement.

F.S. 1001.43