What are my responsibilities as a chaperone?
Chaperones are active participants in all Education in Action field trips. As a chaperone, you are responsible for making sure your color group stays together. You are also responsible for the behavior of your group including making sure they are paying attention to the person speaking. We ask that you count your group of students when we move from place to place and let an Education in Action facilitator know if there is a problem. In addition, chaperones are responsible for assisting students with their journals and handing out Texas tokens throughout the day.
What are my responsibilities on the bus?
Good bus behavior is important for bus safety. As a chaperone, you are responsible for sitting with your color group on the bus in order to monitor your students’ behavior. In addition, we ask that you encourage your students to participate and help pass out Texas tokens during activities on the bus and throughout the day.
Does Education in Action own the buses?
No, Education in Action does not own the buses. We have long-standing relationships with each of our partner bus companies.
What should I bring the day of the field trip?
Please bring the journal you receive at training. You also need to bring three disposable drinks: one for the bus ride, one for lunch, and one for dinner. Most schools choose to provide the field trip shirts and lunch bags the morning of the trip. We suggest that you bring a jacket with you; even when it is warm outside, the buses tend to be cool.
Will there be a lot of down time?
No. From Education in Action facilitator-led activities during the charter bus ride, to dinner and Jeopardy on the ride back home, the day is packed full of fun and learning! The entire day is designed so each participant gets the most out of their trip. After Jeopardy we watch a movie for the rest of the ride home.
Why do we take a group picture?
Every participant on the program will get a copy of the group picture as a souvenir. The picture is also included with a press release Education in Action sends to your school's principal and school district's Public Information Office.
Why can’t I/we visit the café or gift shops?
Chaperones are responsible for actively encouraging student participation and supervising their color groups throughout the day. If chaperones are in the café or gift shop without their color group, they are not meeting this requirement. In addition, as you will soon see, we do not have time for every participant in the group to visit the café or gift shops during this field trip. We provide food and snacks throughout the day, but you are more than welcome to bring extra drinks or extra snacks, as long as they are nut-free. In addition, we provide field trip souvenirs for each participating student and adult. If you do want to check out what the gift shops have to offer, you may do so on their gift shop websites.
Why do we use curriculum journals?
Curriculum journals are a great way to engage students while viewing exhibits. Each Discover Texas Field Trip incorporates the Texas Essential Knowledge Skills (TEKS), the state standards for what students should know in each grade level.
How much walking will I do during the day?
We do a lot of walking during the day. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes.
Can I bring my cell phone?
Students are not allowed to bring a cell phone. We allow chaperones to bring a phone, but we ask that you limit your time on your phone. You are responsible for your group of students, so we expect you to engage with them instead of spending time on your phone. If you are a parent, we also ask that you not to let your child play on your phone as it is not fair to the other students; you will be asked to put it away. This rule applies for tablets and iPods as well. Most of the buses do not have outlets, so be prepared to bring an external charger if needed.
Can I bring a backpack or bag?
No. Your color group will receive one chaperone backpack the morning of the trip. It will include everything you need for the day: Texas tokens, pen, hand sanitizer, and plates and napkins for lunch. You may put your personal belongings in this bag.
What do I do if a child needs medication?
Each Education in Action facilitator carries a medical kit with them. We do not administer any medication without permission from the student’s parent. If a child brings special medicine, a teacher in that child’s group will be responsible for carrying that medicine throughout the day. Any special medications a child brings for the day MUST be on the same bus as the child.