Recent deaths during field trips have parents and school officials questioning the safety of these excursions. Learn about these tragedies and what parameters should be in place to ensure a safe field trip.
Field trips are an excellent way to enhance the learning experience for students, whether takings a trek through a museum or a hike on a nature trail. Most students relish the change of venue on occasion, and they benefit from hands-on training that makes many school subjects come to life.
Parents are usually happy to send kids along, assuming that adequate supervision will be provided to keep kids safe throughout the trip. However, a number of recent, tragic events have forced some school districts to take a second look at the safety of taking students on the road.
Long Beach Nightmare
Erin Bailey, a first-year English teacher and former lifeguard, and her boyfriend Joseph Garnevicus chaperoned the trip, along with Victoria Wong, a 19-year-old college intern who worked at the school. Assistant Principal Andrew Stillman helped organized the trip and notified parents by email the day before. No permission slips were distributed.
Students reported that no lifeguards were on duty, and signs were posted indicating that swimming was prohibited. Bailey allegedly warned students not to go too far out in the water. Student Nicole Suriel was standing with others in water that reached between her knees and waists when rough waters suddenly carried them out.
When students screamed for help,