2005 California Education Code Sections 35330-35332 Article 13. Excursions and Field Trips

EDUCATION CODE
SECTION 35330-35332

35330.  The governing board of any school district or the county
superintendent of schools of any county may:
   (a) Conduct field trips or excursions in connection with courses
of instruction or school-related social, educational, cultural,
athletic, or school band activities to and from places in the state,
any other state, the District of Columbia, or a foreign country for
pupils enrolled in elementary or secondary schools.  A field trip or
excursion to and from a foreign country may be permitted to
familiarize students with the language, history, geography, natural
sciences, and other studies relative to the district's course of
study for such pupils.
   (b) Engage such instructors, supervisors, and other personnel as
desire to contribute their services over and above the normal period
for which they are employed by the district, if necessary, and
provide equipment and supplies for such field trip or excursion.
   (c) Transport by use of district equipment, contract to provide
transportation, or arrange transportation by the use of other
equipment, of pupils, instructors, supervisors or other personnel to
and from places in the state, any other state, the District of
Columbia, or a foreign country where such excursions and field trips
are being conducted; provided that, when district equipment is used,
the governing board shall secure liability insurance, and if travel
is to and from a foreign country, such liability insurance shall be
secured from a carrier licensed to transact insurance business in
such foreign country.
   (d) Provide supervision of pupils involved in field trips or
excursions by certificated employees of the district.
   No pupil shall be prevented from making the field trip or
excursion because of lack of sufficient funds.  To this end, the
governing board shall coordinate efforts of community service groups
to supply funds for pupils in need of them.
   No group shall be authorized to take a field trip or excursion
authorized by this section if any pupil who is a member of such an
identifiable group will be excluded from participation in the field
trip or excursion because of lack of sufficient funds.
   No expenses of pupils participating in a field trip or excursion
to any other state, the District of Columbia, or a foreign country
authorized by this section shall be paid with school district funds.
Expenses of instructors, chaperones, and other personnel
participating in a field trip or excursion authorized by this section
may be paid from school district funds, and the school district may
pay from school district funds all incidental expenses for the use of
school district equipment during a field trip or excursion
authorized by this section.
   The attendance or participation of a pupil in a field trip or
excursion authorized by this section shall be considered attendance
for the purpose of crediting attendance for apportionments from the
State School Fund in the fiscal year.  Credited attendance resulting
from such field trip or excursion shall be limited to the amount of
attendance which would have accrued had the students not been engaged
in the field trip or excursion.
   Credited attendance shall not exceed 10 schooldays except in the
case of pupils participating in a field trip or excursion in
connection with courses of instruction, or school-related educational
activities, and which are not social, cultural, athletic or school
band activities.
   All persons making the field trip or excursion shall be deemed to
have waived all claims against the district or the State of
California for injury, accident, illness, or death occurring during
or by reason of the field trip or excursion.  All adults taking
out-of-state field trips or excursions and all parents or guardians
of pupils taking out-of-state field trips or excursions shall sign a
statement waiving such claims.
   No transportation allowances shall be made by the Superintendent
of Public Instruction for expenses incurred with respect to field
trips or excursions which have an out-of-state destination.  Any
school district which transports pupils, teachers or other employees
of the district in schoolbuses within the state and to destinations
within the state, pursuant to the provisions of this section, shall
report to the Superintendent of Public Instruction on forms
prescribed by him the total mileage of schoolbuses used in connection
with such educational excursions.  In computing the allowance to
such school district for regular transportation there shall be
deducted therefrom an amount equal to the depreciation of schoolbuses
used for such transportation in accordance with rules and
regulations adopted by the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
35331.  (a) The governing board of any school district conducting
excursions and field trips pursuant to this article shall provide, or
make available, medical or hospital service, or both, for pupils of
the district injured while participating in any excursion or field
trip under the jurisdiction of, or sponsored or controlled by, the
district or the authorities of any school of the district.
   (b) (1) The medical or hospital service, or both, described in
subdivision (a) shall be provided, or made available, through any of
the following:
   (A) One or more nonprofit membership corporations defraying the
cost of medical or hospital service, or both.
   (B) One or more group, blanket, or individual policies of accident
insurance from an authorized insurer.
   (C) A self-insurance program of the school district.
   (2) The cost incurred by the school district pursuant to this
subdivision may be paid from the funds of the district, or by the
insured pupil or his or her parent or guardian.
   (3) The membership may be taken in, or the insurance may be
purchased from, only those corporations or insurers that are
authorized to do business in this state.  If the coverage described
in this subdivision is to be provided through a self-insurance
program of the school district, claims may be paid from a fund
established for that purpose pursuant to Section 39602.
35332.  No transportation by air may be provided under this article
unless the transportation by air is provided by any of the following:
(a) aircraft owned and operated by the state or federal government;
(b) chartered or regularly scheduled aircraft operated exclusively by
an air carrier or foreign air carrier as defined in subdivisions (3)
and (19) of Section 101 of Title 1 of the "Federal Aviation Act of
1958" (Public Law 85-726; 72 Stat. 731) engaged in air transportation
as defined in subdivision (10) of the same section while there is in
force a certificate or permit issued by the Civil Aeronautics Board
of the United States, or its successor, authorizing such air carrier
to engage in such transportation; or (c) chartered or regularly
scheduled aircraft of a passenger air carrier as defined pursuant to
Section 2741 of the Public Utilities Code that is authorized to
engage in transportation by air in the State of California by the
Public Utilities Commission pursuant to Chapter 4 (commencing with
Section 2739) of Part 2 of Division 1 of the Public Utilities Code.



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