Field Trips and Outings

Field Trips are learning opportunities that cannot be provided in the classroom. We define a field trip as a learning opportunity that takes place more than ten miles from campus and lasts longer than three hours.

Families/guardians will be notified about the destination, date, anticipated time of departure and return, and mode of transportation of field trips at least one week in advance. During field trips we typically maintain an adult to child ratio of 20:1.

Overnight Field Trips

Beginning in first grade, each grade will participate in an overnight field trip in order to help to build classroom community and support specific goals within the curriculum.

Grade Overnight Field Trip
Kindergarten No overnight field trips
Grades 1 and 2 Spring - A one-night overnight to Camp Courage, Camp Voyageur, Camp Ihduhapi, the Bell Museum, or other exterior organized program
Grades 3 and 4 Spring - A one to two-day camping trip, possibly with an organized camping program
Grades 5 & 6 Fall - A two to four-day overnight camping trip
Grades 7 & 8

Fall - Five day trip to Wolf Ridge (7th & 8th)

Spring - Five day trip to Boundary Waters

(8th grade only)

Outings

Classes will occasionally take shorter neighborhood outings either by foot or school bus. Families/guardians may not be given notice of these trips ahead of time; however, whenever students are not in school, information about where they are is available in the Front Office.

Transportation

Students typically ride in school busses to attend field trips. Licensed bus drivers and approved staff drivers may transport students in the FSM bus or in their personal vehicles. Students under the age of thirteen must be placed in the back seat. Students in kindergarten, first, and second grades must ride in booster seats during field trips. Parents are not permitted to transport students in their own vehicles.

Students are expected to follow school rules and the rules of the establishment on all field trips. Students who demonstrate difficulty with following established expectations may be removed from the current trip and will be required to stay home on the subsequent field trip.