Have you ever headed off on a preschool or elementary school field trip without giving a second thought to emergency preparedness? You’re not alone.
Many a first-time leader has traveled without considering worst-case scenarios. Then a student gets lost or is stung by a bee, and a leader learns quickly that there’s a lot more to field trips than picking a great destination.
While planning your field trip, consider the possibility that a member of your group could become missing or injured. Then, create a plan for avoiding or addressing the most likely risks.
Incorporate these safety measures into your next outing:
If any child is missing, notify facility staff or police immediately. Ask people in the nearby area to stay there until staff or police arrive so they may provide any information they may have about the missing student.
In addition to a well stocked first-aid kit, teachers should carry bottled water, sunscreen, a working cell phone, any emergency medications students may need, a list of emergency phone numbers, parent contact information, and the phone number of the area’s poison control center. It also would be helpful to have at least one chaperone on each trip certified in first aid and CPR.
If a student is hurt, determine the extent of the injury. If there’s a possibility of neck or spinal injury, don’t move the student. Summon professional medical attention immediately.
Otherwise, provide first aid and make sure an adult stays with the injured child. Obtain medical assistance, if needed, and contact the students’ parents or guardians as soon as possible. Complete an accident report afterward to document what happened.
If you have a student that acts up at school, expect the same behavior while out in public. Follow these tips to help prevent disciplinary issues:
When a student breaks the rules on a trip, be sure to follow through on the discipline you have established.
Adequate supervision can help keep students out of harm’s way. Generally, it’s good to presume that if you can’t see students, you’re not supervising them.
You’ll generally need one chaperone for every eight to 10 students. This number can vary, depending on the age and obedience level of the children you’re supervising.
It takes a lot of time to prepare for a field trip, but with proper planning, you and your students can enjoy an incident-free day full of adventure and education.
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