(Closed) Can the school really do this???

posted 6 years ago in Parenting
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

i would completely disregard this.   it seems like a scam or something even worse.  a bus trip from Iowa over Thanksgiving?   The whole thing reeks of sketch.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

When I was in high school we went to Germany without the school board’s approval.  Two teachers were chaperones.  We had fundraisers.  To anyone outside it looked like a school sanctioned trip.  But the school was not liable if anything happened.

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

That trip is done by every eighth grade class here. I went and it was a great trip. Though ours wasnt school sponsored, if I remember right it was the PTA. It was quite expensive and we were not able to fundraise it. I would call the contact number and ask more questions. We only had teachers also but I will not say that was a good thing, we were kind of aweful.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Well, senior trips are not really school-sponsored trips, even though they’re only students from one HS with their teachers as chaperones. From what I understand, only trips that are for the entire class with a specific academic goal in mind (Shakespeare festival, visiting monuments studied in history, etc) are really “school trips.”

If you’re not comfortable, just don’t have her go.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I agree, I think 8th grade classes from across the country take this trip. As a PP said, I think it is not school sponsored as to remove the liability. We went while I was in 8th grade and no parents chaperoned, but teachers did. 

Call the contact information with concerns, I really don’t think your school would be disseminating information pertaining to a scam trip. My concern would be how short notice this is, I feel like we knew about it for quite some time when I went and it had to be paid for months in advance.

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Since school faculty is going to be chaperones, it sounds like the school is in on it, and for all intensive puposes, reponsible for it… just not offically probably because they dont want the liability. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

The eighth graders here in FLA do it every year too and I remember the forms saying it wasn’t a school sanctioned event.  It means that the school is not liable for anything that happens during the trip.  However, a teacher at the school most likely solicited or was solicited by the travel agency for the trip.  It was a highlight of my school years and I even chose to return to DC for my senior trip gift from my parents.  It was a great bonding experience with my friends and one of the few school trips that my mom didn’t chaperone.  Ask other parents about the trip and there should be an information night at the school on it as well where you can talk with your daughter’s teachers about whether the trip is legitimate or not.  Calling school administration is going to get you nowhere based on that letter.

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@mrskisstobe:  the school districts give that info out all the time. You should see all the stuff we get for our high schooler. I would go to that meeting. To me it sounds like the distrct may have out sourced that trip to avoid having to pay for the students that cant afford it. Maybe check into going yourself, pfft with the discouraging of parents but I kind of get why. I will never forget seeing the Constitution or the Vietnam Memorial.

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper

First of all, I disagree with the no parents attending, are they hiding something? Grade 8 students are only 13 or 14 years old. In this day and age, having 1 teacher for 12 rumbunctious, and some rebellious teenagers? Uhm…. no way! I would agree with 10-20 years ago, but not today…

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