Fieldtrip Checklist for Teachers

Instructor: Adam Nystrom

Adam owns a Master's degree in Professional and Digital Media Writing. During his time as a graduate assistant, he developed lesson plans for upper-level English courses.

Taking your class on a field trip will be an incredibly fun experience, but a number of precautions should be taken before you start. Check out this article for some planning tips as you get your students ready for the trip.

Preparing for the Trip

Ideally, you should start getting ready for this trip at least a week beforehand. As you go over the details in your head, keep these important reminders at the front of your mind:

  • Double-check your contact info. The names and phone numbers of all students, parents, and faculty members who will be on the trip should be with you, as well as with offices at your school, in case anyone should need any of them.
  • Collect all permission slips and other forms. If there are any stragglers in your class, make sure their forms are turned in, which will include medical waivers, insurance coverage, and any related material that the office needs to have on hand during the trip.
  • Keep your phone charged and stored with the same info. The last thing you need is to be stuck in an emergency with a dead battery. Only use it during the bus ride if you must, and conserve the battery life as much as possible in the event of an emergency.

Field Trip Day

Once the day of the trip arrives and the students are ready to go, keep these points in mind:

  • Identify all chaperones. If you have yet to meet some of the parents or guardians acting as chaperones, now is the time for introductions. You may not remember each of their names, but familiarizing yourself with their faces lets you know who is supposed to be near the students.
  • Sit at the front of the bus. This makes it easy for students to remember where the teacher is at all times, just in case there is an issue.
  • Track down any absent students. If your attendance list does not match up, make any necessary phone calls before the trip starts.
  • Stay alert. Always be aware of your surroundings throughout the duration of the trip, and consult with the chaperones if something seems off.

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