Whether your children are spending the summer at camp, daycare, summer school or some combination of activities, they may be spending much of the summer on field trips and outings. The summer months are a great time for kids to expand their horizons and experience places, people and things they don’t see during the school year. However, when summer field trips take children out of their regular, secure environment, there is some added risk of harm. That’s an unavoidable possibility, but there are things that parents, teachers, leaders, and students themselves can do to lower those risks.
Be safe on the school bus.
In our last bus safety blog post, we highlighted several tips for field trip safety. In short, students should be reminded to sit calmly and know the evacuation plan, and leaders need to enlist an appropriate number of chaperones and create a code of conduct. Read the full post and explore our bus safety tools and activities to ensure a safe ride for all field trip participants.
Be stocked for all needs and contingencies.
Bring the gear needed by all of the children on the trip – field trip, bug spray, water and snacks, activity- and weather-appropriate clothing and footwear, and the like. However, be aware of any special needs or requirements, and bring the necessary items – such as medication or emergency allergy treatment – to ensure that all children will remain safe and healthy. Pack food and other necessities in our bus safety super sacks to keep everything together and easily accessible.
Be aware and informed.
Establish a method of communication among all adults on the trip, including teachers, chaperones, bus drivers and tour leaders. Keep track of the children – know how many kids are on the trip and count them repeatedly throughout, while ensuring that you have not just the right number but the right children. Know what they’re wearing and carry photos if possible. Be sure to have updated emergency contacts for each child, as that may be different during the summer months than in the school year.
Be prepared to seek help.
Teach everyone on the trip – adults and children alike – how to seek help if they need it. Ensure that children have the proper information to give to authorities if they become separated from the group. (Our writable ID stickers are a great tool in this situation.)
With proper planning, summer field trips will be memorable and fun learning experiences for kids. Take advantage of our interactive bus safety tools to reinforce positive safety behaviors. Not sure of the best tools to deliver your safety message? Get in touch today!