Fieldtrips - Mt Lassen Chaperone Information

By Ron Liskey | July 27, 2017

Academic Goals

  1. Practice low-impact camping.
  2. Working in small groups, independently prepare, cook and cleanup for all meals.
  3. Explore unique volcanic areas, including Cinder Cone, Bumpass Hell, Devastated Area and Subway Cave.
  4. Learn about the history and geology of Mt Lassen.
  5. Learn about the plant and animal communities of the Mt Lassen area.
  6. Learn orientation skills with topographical maps and a compass.
  7. Observe the night sky, find the constellations, and learn star navigation.

Chaperone and Driver Guidelines

We count on each chaperone to make our field trips enriching experiences for students. Chaperones act as assistant teachers/supervisors on field trips. Each volunteer is responsible for a small group of students.  We ask parents to participate actively in field trip supervision to help ensure that the children are on their best behavior.  To accomplish these goals, we ask volunteers to follow these guidelines:

General Guidelines

  1. Be aware that teachers are required to abide by many federal, state and local regulations, not all of which make sense in the moment.
  2. Be aware that school trips are not family outings, and personal camping preferences may not be applicable.
  3. Do not bring alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, or inappropriate reading or viewing material.
  4. Coordinate closely with the teacher and other chaperones to ensure everyone is working from the same plan.
  5. Support the academic goals of the trip, and focus on the tasks at hand.
  6. Commit only to what you are willing to do, and meet your commitments.
  7. Be punctual.
  8. Leave pets and work concerns at home.
  9. Avoid unrelated cell phone conversations in front of students.
  10. Avoid gossip and other inappropriate forms of conversation.
  11. Don’t play favorites, or give special treats to specific students.
  12. Avoid focusing exclusively on your own child.
  13. Unless prior arrangements have been made, stay for the entire trip.

Preparation

  1. Complete required forms before the trip.
    • Submit updated vehicle insurance information to the school office. This must be done each year.
    • If attending an overnight trip, ensure that the school office has an approved LiveScan on file for you. The LiveScan process can take two weeks to complete.
  2. If transport students or equipment, safety inspect your vehicle.
  3. Attend the chaperone meeting. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 24, 6:00 PM. Check the Class Calendar for last minute changes.

Preflight Check

  1. Arrive at school on time, and go directly to the classroom so we can quickly complete last-minute departure tasks.
  2. Read the Chaperone Packet, understand the route, and get answers to any important questions.
  3. Keep a list of important cell phone numbers in case of emergency.

Enroute

  1. Before driving away:
    • Be sure you have Emergency Medical Forms and prescription medicine for each student you transport.
    • Collect prescription medicine and equipment for each student you transport.
    • Be sure you have a printed copy of the Mt Lassen Vehicle Waiver.
    • Check that every student assigned to your vehicle is accounted for.
    • Do not seat young children in a passenger seat with an active airbag.
    • Require all students to buckle their seat belts while the vehicle is in motion.
    • Wait for the teacher to confirm that all vehicles are ready.
  2. Stick to the route.
  3. Set a good example by obeying traffic regulations.
  4. YOU decide if audio devices will be used, and if so what to play and how loud.
  5. Require all students to maintain safe behavior. (Unbuckling seat belts while the vehicle is in motion, crawling around inside the vehicle, fighting, yelling, throwing objects, hanging things out the window, etc are not allowed and can result in a loss of future field trip privileges.)
  6. Do not allow students to enter a place of business unless approved in advance by the teacher.
  7. Ensure that the area is safe before allowing students to exit your vehicle.
  8. Do not allow students to exit your vehicle without your specific, individual permission.

Onsite

  1. Support class activities as needed. For details, see the Itinerary.
  2. Serve as a responsible mentor for your assigned student group.
  3. Ensure a safe and fun trip for all by helping every student abide by essential safety rules.
  4. Do not become isolated from the group.

Return

  1. Before driving away:
    • Be sure you have the Emergency Medical Forms and prescription medicine for each student you transport.
    • Check that each student assigned to your vehicle is accounted for.
    • Do not seat young children in a passenger seat with an active airbag.
    • Require all students to buckle their seat belts while the vehicle is in motion.
    • Wait for the teacher to confirm that everyone is loaded and all vehicles are ready.
  2. Stick to the route.
  3. Once you return to school, do not release students until the teacher or assistant teacher has arrived.

Chaperones

  1. Mike Roghi (Group Leader, Games)
  2. Steve Raffaini (Group Leader, Games)
  3. Patrick Bynum (Group Leader, Orienteering)
  4. Jacques Janson (Group Leader)
  5. Jay Grundle (Group Leader)
  6. Jessica Strachen (Group Leader)
  7. Linda Odetto (Head Cook)
  8. Rachel Freed (Astronomy, Camp Steward)

Teachers

  • Ron Liskey, Class Teacher
  • Tina Tian, Assistant Teacher
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