School Trips Policy Eyed by Board

BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School board is considering adopting a policy governing major student trips organized by school personnel.


Trips have provided educational enrichment for many students over the years, said Paul Murphy, chairman of the subcommittee that the board created to draft a policy.

“But there have become so many trips that they have started bumping up against each other,” he said. “The board felt the time had come to have a policy that addresses guidelines for participation and that makes sure trips have some educational component and that fund-raising for trips is appropriate.”

Mr. Murphy said rumors that the board was looking to curtail the number or length of trips or to eliminate them altogether were false.

The preamble to the proposed policy states that the high school board “recognizes that the educational program for students can be significantly enhanced through the wise use of off-campus experiences.”

The policy would require school board approval for all major trips, which are defined as out-of-state overnight trips, trips of more than two days and trips of more than nominal cost. In deciding whether to approve a trip, the board would consider whether the potential educational value justifies the cost and the time taken from classes.

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