Image result for covid 19 iconCovid-19Protocols and practice for outdoor excursions

  • SD71 approves parent volunteers to assist on outdoor excursions – although it is highly encouraged to use a bus.
  • If parents are within 2 m of staff and students it is required they wear a mask
  • Parents must drive their own vehicle to meet classes at any off-site location
  • Parents can only drive their own child
  • Teachers can drive up to two students from their own cohort, masks on and windows ajar.
  • Students from the same cohort can ride a bus together
  • In accordance with public health regulations currently there is no more than 10 adults gathering at one time outdoors.

Walking Field Trip

A: Short Off-site walks <1.5km

B: Extended Walking/Sightseeing walks >1.5km

A) Walking Field Trips-Safety Guidelines

(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

What do I need for a walking field trip?

  • Form 260-10– Annual walking form
  • Communications with parents – reminder email –  Who / When / Where / What / Why / How
  • Notify school admin & office – map
  • Identify known potential risks
  • Prepare students: Students are adequately prepared for the distance and weather (food, water, clothing).  Extra support for students with high needs. Medications, (ex. epi-pen, inhaler).
  • Teacher 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 Field Trip-Safety Guidelines

(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

What do I need for extended walking field trips?

  • Form 260-01-Proposal for Normal Risk activity form – submit to school admin
  • Form 260-04– Parent/Guardian consent Normal Risk Activities
  • Letter to parents/guardians: Who / When / What / Where / Why / How
  • Reconnaissance trip to get familiar with specific site to best prepare for the day and your risk management plan.
  • Identify known potential risks
  • Prepare students:
    • Students are adequately prepared for the distance and weather (food, water, clothing). 
    • Extra support for students with high needs.
    • Medications, (ex. epi-pen, inhaler). 
  • Form 260-03 Teacher Check List

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