Walking Field Trip

A: Short Off-site walks

B: Extended Walking/Sightseeing walks

A)  Short Off-site Walks

(e.g., 300 m walk to a park to collect leaves for Art)

Image result for dot icons Starting and finishing at the school

Image result for dot icons Generally staying within 1.5 km of the school

Image result for dot icons Obvious route

Image result for dot icons Short duration outing; generally within a class period

Image result for dot icons Group walking as a single unit

Image result for dot icons No major traffic to contend with (e.g., quiet roads and/or controlled intersections)

Image result for dot icons All students visible virtually all of the time

Planning, communications, and forms for short walking field trips:

  •  Grade appropriate K-12
  • Outline the activity: Who (what class or group) do you want to take where, when, to do what activity(ies), and why (goals, student learning outcomes and/or other rationale for the outing).
  • Annual Parent/Guardian Informed Consent for Local Community Activities: recommended once at the start of fall and again after the winter break
  •  Notify school admin: Recommended to attach a schedule & map to your letter home, to admin, and post on your door.
  • Identify known potential risks: Remember to bring all safety and communications necessary for your walk.
  • Special considerations: Students are adequately prepared for the distance and weather (food, water, clothing).  Extra support for students with high needs. Medications, (ex. epi-pen, inhaler). Check List

NOTE: When walking with students, safety management approaches will vary somewhat depending on the age and maturity of the students.

B)  Extended Walking/Sightseeing

(e.g., 2 km walk to/from botanical garden & walk through it)

Image result for dot icons Walking more than 1.5 km from the school grounds (one way)

Image result for dot icons Walking in less familiar environments (e.g., following a bus ride to a walking tour location)

Image result for dot icons Some way-finding likely needed

Image result for dot icons Duration generally longer than a class period (including any travel to/from the area)

Image result for dot icons More and/or faster traffic to deal with

Image result for dot icons Group spread out and/or walking in subgroups

Image result for dot icons Not all students in sight all of the time

Planning, communications, and forms for extended walking field trips:

  • Grade appropriate K-12
  • Outline the activity: Who (what class or group) do you want to take where, when, to do what activity(ies), and why (goals, student learning outcomes and/or other rationale for the outing).
  • Include the above outline of activity & goals in a letter to parents/guardians along with the Low/Normal Risk activity form
  • Reconnaissance trip to get familiar with specific site to best prepare for the day and your risk management plan.
  • Secure off-site activity approval: Low/Normal Risk activity form, approved by schools administration
  • Identify known potential risks: Remember to bring all safety and communications necessary for your walk.
  • Special considerations: Students are adequately prepared for the distance and weather (food, water, clothing).  Extra support for students with high needs. Medications, (ex. epi-pen, inhaler).  Check List

NOTE: When walking with students, safety management approaches will vary somewhat depending on the age and maturity of the students.