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Excursions Policy

  1. What is this policy about?
    1. This policy establishes the basis for planning school excursions that minimises risk and ensures appropriate duty of care arrangements. It does not cover:
      • work experience and vocational education placements
      • overseas excursions
      • overseas student exchanges which are arranged through private organisations
      • students-only excursions that are required by particular high school or college programs.
  2. Policy Statement
    1. Principals are responsible for the conduct and planning of excursions and will ensure excursions are planned within the context of the total educational program of the school.
    2. Parents will provide written informed consent from parents for their child to participate in an excursion after the school has informed them of supervision details, costs and any risks.
    3. Schools are responsible for ensuring the cost of all excursions is met.
    4. Schools will advise parents of high school and college students in writing, before course choices are made, of any additional expenses that may be involved for excursions planned as part of a course.
    5. Schools will advise parents and students of equity funding available in schools to support students who might otherwise not be in a position to participate in excursions.
    6. Supervision must be adequate in relation to the number and needs of students, their maturity, anticipated behaviour and the activities planned.
    7. Accompanying adults may be used to meet, supervision requirements, provided the principal is satisfied there are sufficient teachers to maintain adequate control of the whole excursion and to control each activity. Accompanying adults must meet the requirements of the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011.
  3. Who does this policy apply to?
    1. This policy applies to all ACT public schools, principals, teaching and administrative staff, students and parents.
  4. Context
    1. Educational excursions provide enriching experiences for students in a variety of environments. Excursions directly relate to the curriculum and are not predominantly recreational.
  5. Responsibilities
    1. Principal: The principal is responsible for implementing the policy and ensuring all excursions follow the mandatory procedures.
    2. The teacher in charge: of an excursion is responsible for knowing and complying with the requirements of related and relevant policies. Specific requirements are set out in the procedures.
    3. Policy Owner: The Director, Learning and Teaching is responsible for this policy.
  6. Monitoring and Review
    1. The Policy Owner monitors the policy. This includes an annual scan of operation and review. A full review of the policy will be conducted within a three year period.
  7. Contact
  8. For support contact Learning and Teaching Branch on (02) 6205 9204.
  9. Complaints
    1. Any concerns about the application of this procedure or the procedure itself, should be raised with:
  10. References
    1. Definitions
      Definitions are set out in the procedures. Key definitions are:
      • Duty of care: requires that accompanying adults should take all reasonable measures to ensure the health and safety of any school student under their care. This duty of care will arise whenever a student/school relationship exists. Primary responsibility remains with the teacher in charge.
      • An excursion: is a school related activity by students, under the supervision of a teacher/s, directly related to the curriculum of the school. An excursion is a variation to normal activity and is not predominantly recreational.
      • Informed consent: means that parents give written agreement to their child participating in an excursion after they have been made aware of the supervision details of the excursion and the risks and associated costs involved.
      • Parent: is a person having parental responsibility for the child under the Children and Young People Act 2008 including a carer appointed under that Act.
    2. Legislation
    3. Implementation Documents
      • Excursions Procedures
      • Outdoor Adventure Activities Policy and Mandatory Procedures
      • Overseas Excursions Policy
      • Physical Education and Sport Policy
      • Physical Education and Sport Implementation Guidelines
      • Swimming Pool and Water Park Based Aquatic Activities Policy
    4. Related Policies and Information
      • First Aid Policy
      • Responding to Student Accidents/Incidents Policy
      • Statement on requesting financial contributions from parents
      • Working With Children And Young People - Volunteers And Visitors (Interim) Policy

Excursions Policy: EMP200607 is the unique identifier of this document. It is the responsibility of the user to verify that this is the current and complete version of the document, available on the Directorate’s website at