Please provide a report on all field trips taken last year by school.

Question#: 11

ANSWER:

According to MCPS Form 210-4 (September 2016), Approval for Extended Day, Out-of-Area, and Overnight field trips, and MCPS Form 210-6 (September 2016), Approval for Local June field trips:

Students cannot be denied the opportunity to attend a trip due to financial hardship.  A student financial hardship statement must be on the orientation letter.  Example:  “If you need to make special arrangements to cover the cost of the trip, please contact your child’s teacher in writing prior to the deadline indicated.  Any correspondence will be kept confidential.”

Funding for students who cannot attend a trip due to financial hardship, is paid through a school’s Individual Activity Fund account.

Additionally, noted under Payment on MCPS Forms 555-6 (September 2016), Parent/Guardian Approval for Trips MCPS Transportation Is Provided, and 560-31 (September 2016), Parent/Guardian Approval for Trips MCPS Transportation is Not Provided:

           Scholarships, reduced fee, or modified payment schedules are available if the cost of the field trip would create a hardship for your family.

The following data is based on a review of field trip submissions for 2017-2018.  There were approximately 2,100 field trips taken across all schools. Schools that are not on the list did not report any field trips during the 2017-2018 school year.  The list can be found at the following link: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/uploadedFiles/departments/budget/fy2020/MCPS-2017-2018-Field-Trips-by-School-2020-03-29.pdf

  • Across all elementary schools, there is a pattern that indicates the number of field trips taken is grade-dependent with grades 2, 4, and 5 taking two times more field trips than other grades.
  • Additionally, elementary schools generally have more field trips than secondary and special schools.
  • Most of the field trips have zero cost and many schools, regardless of school population, utilize MCPS transportation and/or conduct in-school field trips, keeping costs to a minimum.
  • A school may have to schedule a single field trip over several days to accommodate the size of the grade level, scheduling of substitutes, or capacity of the site. Therefore, there may be multiple field trips on the same day to the same location, resulting in an inflated number of field trips.
    • Example: In the following table, Northwest High School reported 44 field trips during 2017-2018. The highlighted lines indicate field trips that are entered multiple times. If we account for the duplication of trips, the total number of actual field trips is reduced by 11, and results in 33 total field trips.

Northwest High School 2017-2018 field trips

 

School

Start Date

End Date

Location

1

Northwest HS

9/16/2017

9/16/2017

Urbana High School

2

Northwest HS

10/1/2017

10/1/2017

Arundel High School, Gambrills, MD

3

Northwest HS

10/12/2017

10/12/2017

Holocaust Museum Washington, D. C.

4

Northwest HS

10/12/2017

10/12/2017

Holocaust Museum Washington, D. C.

5

Northwest HS

10/18/2017

10/18/2017

Montgomery College, Rockville, MD

6

Northwest HS

10/19/2017

10/19/2017

Cunningham Falls, Thurmont, MD

7

Northwest HS

10/21/2017

10/21/2017

Towson University, Baltimore, MD

8

Northwest HS

10/28/2017

10/28/2017

Navy Stadium, Annapolis, MD

9

Northwest HS

10/30/2017

10/30/2017

Butler's Orchard, Germantown, MD

10

Northwest HS

11/1/2017

11/1/2017

NIH Campus, Bethesda, MD

11

Northwest HS

11/20/2017

11/20/2017

Strathmore Hall

12

Northwest HS

11/20/2017

11/20/2017

Strathmore Hall

13

Northwest HS

11/20/2017

11/20/2017

Strathmore Hall, North Bethesda, MD

14

Northwest HS

12/1/2017

12/1/2017

University of MD College Park

15

Northwest HS

12/1/2017

12/1/2017

University of MD College Park

16

Northwest HS

12/13/2017

12/13/2017

Shakespeare Theater Washington, D. C.

17

Northwest HS

12/13/2017

12/13/2017

Shakespeare Theater Washington, D. C.

18

Northwest HS

12/15/2017

12/15/2017

Walter Reed Medical Ctr, /Silver Spring, MD

19

Northwest HS

12/15/2017

12/15/2017

Walter Reed Medical Ctr./Silver Spring, MD

20

Northwest HS

1/13/2018

1/13/2018

Montgomery College, Rockville, MD

21

Northwest HS

1/13/2018

1/13/2018

Montgomery College, Rockville, MD

22

Northwest HS

1/19/2018

1/19/2018

Clarksburg HS, Clarksburg MD

23

Northwest HS

2/12/2018

2/12/2018

INOVA Fairfax Hospital

24

Northwest HS

2/12/2018

2/12/2018

INOVA Fairfax Hospital

25

Northwest HS

2/20/2018

2/20/2018

INOVA Fairfax Hospital

26

Northwest HS

2/20/2018

2/20/2018

INOVA, Fairfax Hospital, Falls Church, VA

27

Northwest HS

2/24/2018

2/24/2018

Liberty High School, Eldersburg, MD

28

Northwest HS

2/27/2018

2/27/2018

National Gallery Of Art

29

Northwest HS

2/27/2018

2/27/2018

National Gallery of Art

30

Northwest HS

4/5/2018

4/5/2018

Montgomery College, Germantown, MD

31

Northwest HS

4/6/2018

4/6/2018

Engineer Festival, Washington, D.C.

32

Northwest HS

4/10/2018

4/10/2018

Mont. Co. Agricultural Center, Gaithersburg, MD

33

Northwest HS

4/11/2018

4/15/2017

Disney World, Orlando, Florida

34

Northwest HS

4/11/2018

4/15/2018

Disney World, Orlando, Florida

35

Northwest HS

4/20/2018

4/20/2018

New York, NY

36

Northwest HS

4/20/2018

4/20/2018

New York, NY

37

Northwest HS

4/20/2018

4/20/2018

New York, New York

38

Northwest HS

4/24/2018

4/24/2018

Natl. Gallery of Art, Washington DC

39

Northwest HS

4/26/2018

4/26/2018

Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C.

40

Northwest HS

4/26/2018

4/30/2018

Greater Columbus Conv. Center, OH

41

Northwest HS

4/27/2018

4/27/2018

Lansburgh Theater, Washington, D.C.

42

Northwest HS

5/16/2018

5/16/2018

Towson Univ. SECU Arena, Towson, MD

43

Northwest HS

5/30/2018

5/30/2018

National Zoo, Washington, D.C.

44

Northwest HS

5/31/2018

5/31/2018

Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis, MD