The Natchitoches Parish School Board recognizes that educational field trips and excursions for instructional purposes help provide desirable learning experiences.  The Superintendent has the responsibility for the development of administrative criteria governing field trips and excursions.  Only those field trips, however, that grow out of the instructional program or are otherwise related to the program are to be permitted on school time.  Other trips such as those involving band and athletic activities should be confined to non-school time, except where the school is engaged in competition or a contest that requires use of school time.


Teachers planning on conducting out-of-parish field trips or learning experiences shall submit, through the principal, an application in writing to the Superintendent or his/her designee for approval.  Before any trip or excursion is taken, the principal has the responsibility of assigning appropriate professional personnel to accompany the students for the purpose of adequate supervision.  A written request should be given to the principal for approval at least one (1) week in advance.  Written parental permission forms shall be secured for each student who plans to take the trip.


The number and length of trips should be left up to the discretion of the principal.  In case of absences due to school related activities, it becomes the responsibility of the student to make up the work in the following time frame:  One day out - one day allowed for make up; two (2) days out - two (2) days allowed for make up, etc.  The student shall not be counted absent.


Before approval of any field trip is given, it shall be determined whether the trip is covered by the Board's liability insurance.  No travel shall be authorized where coverage cannot be secured prior to the trip commencing.  Except in extreme cases approved by the principal of the school, private vehicles shall not be used for transporting children on field trips.  Only buses, owned by or contracted to the school district, and driven by certified drivers shall be permitted, except as noted above.


The Board does not endorse the use of private vehicles to transport students to and/or from interscholastic activities.  However, it recognizes the need for additional transportation at certain times; and the use of private vehicles may be utilized for the transportation of students to interscholastic activities provided that (1) students being thus transported provide the school with liability release forms signed by the students' parents/guardians, (2) all such vehicles are driven by properly licensed adults, and (3) the name of the driver, a copy of the driver's license, and proof of insurance coverage are provided the principal prior to the use of the private vehicle.




Whenever any student trip or excursion utilizes the services of a travel agent or booking agent to provide or arrange for transportation or lodging, the School Board shall require the travel agent or booking agent to provide proof of adequate insurance and present to the Board a surety bond sufficient to insure recovery of all monetary advances as a result of nonperformance.


The amount of the bond shall be at least equal to any payments made to the travel agent agency or booking agent prior to the date of travel.  In addition, any bond issued shall be from a surety company licensed to do business in Louisiana and approved by the Board.  A certified check from the travel agency covering the full amount of advanced payment may be accepted by the Board, but only when a bond is not available.


Additional regulations governing field trips or excursions for students that involve travel or lodging may be maintained by the Superintendent and staff.


The principal of a junior high, middle school, or high school shall be prohibited from approving any field trip or extracurricular activity promoted by any individual, organization, or entity which plans, promotes, or organizes travel arrangements, unless the trip or activity is in accordance with all Board and staff established criteria, and is covered by proper insurance and an acceptable surety bond.


Revised:  September, 2004



Ref:     La. Rev. Stat. Ann. ยงยง17:81, 17:176.1

Board minutes, 12-12-85


Natchitoches Parish School Board