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Old 03-31-2010, 03:50 AM
 
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Today I'm getting things ready for a field trip before spring break. After years of dealing with younger siblings on field trips, I've cracked down and issued a "no siblings, please" policy. My administration backs me up thankfully, mostly because of the liability. As the date for this trip has been looming I've really been getting the riot act from parents about not including sibs. It wouldn't be half as bad if they actually looked after them! I've had to "rescue" little ones on the farm before! Also, some parents sign up to be a volunteer and then take their younger children and completely ignore their group. So...what do you do at your school? Do you allow siblings on field trips?


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Absolutely not
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Pk- 6th grade the same applies- no siblings!
Field trips are for educational purposes, even in PK!!!! (sorry-hope I didn't offend!)
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Stand your ground!!
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I switched from Kindergarten to pre-Kindergarten when Pre-K was made part of our public school. So most of my parents had been through the local nursery schools with their older children, and expected my program to be the same. They were showing up for every little party, for birthdays, etc., all with siblings in tow, letting them run wild.

So I put my foot down. No more!

When parents give me their sad story about not being able to go on field trips or come to class events without their toddlers or babies, I tell them that these are special times to share with their pre-K child. And that, when the time comes, their little one will appreciate it more because they won't have already been dragged through it.
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If we are going to a public place, then we really can't stop them from bringing siblings. But they do not count as a chaperone if they have a sibling with them. They can't watch other children and if there was a reduced rate for the field trip, they have to pay the regular price for the sibling and themself. If the place we are visiting is closed to the public and is only open for our field trip, then we have a "no sibling" rule.
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Old 04-01-2010, 12:22 PM
 
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We do not allow siblings and we send a note home ahead of time telling them. If they come we politely ask them not to come and to take their child another time.

If it is a public place then there isn't much we can do but we ask that they not go with our group.


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Sibs on field trips...
Old 04-02-2010, 05:43 PM
 
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No sibs on field trips...insurance does not cover them!!
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Old 04-05-2010, 02:59 PM
 
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I have worked in a number of schools in NY (public and private). I have never even had a parent ask about siblings. It seems that everyone just know that siblings do not come on field trips.
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Old 04-06-2010, 12:32 AM
 
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No siblings. It is a class trip and not a family outing.
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lay this document on them
Old 04-06-2010, 05:02 AM
 
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Our team made this up for the very same reason. It handles more than the one issue and seems more like a policy statement. Our principal approved the text for distribution. Make the field trip about the child in the class!
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Wow!
Old 04-08-2010, 02:57 PM
 
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Thanks everyone!


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Outrageous!!
Old 04-09-2010, 05:12 AM
 
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That would make me livid. You have enough to worry about when you go off school grounds with young students.

I have never heard of such allowances. There is NO WAY siblings are coming with my class, ever! And at my school thank goodness its unheard of. What is heard of are parents who can't help voulunteer in the classroom with reading etc, yet suddenly they and their toddlers suddenly able to assist when planning a trip off campus. Well, sorry but I don't give parents much notice we are going and I hand-select my helper/s OR sometimes the principal lends us a teacher aide for the day so parents can't whine or expect to ask to come!

Stand firm with Admin and parents and say NO. Whoever allowed your students' siblings to come in the first place on field trips is WEAK and obviously he/she has been 'out' of the classroom for far too long!

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Old 04-09-2010, 05:22 AM
 
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We also do not allow siblings on our field trips. We really want the parent to focus on the child that is on the trip, to help make it special to them. That is how we phrase our notes that go home. Throw the guilt at them!
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