Both private and public schools hold field trips and off-campus activities as part of an educational program for the awareness of students to historical, memorable and significant places as additional to classroom learning. However, in the wake of fatal accidents including the unforgettable educational trip to Tanay, Rizal where 14 persons died including college students, a teacher, and a driver, the Department of Education previously issued Memorandum No. 47 series of 2017. The memorandum had given the parents the right to decide whether they will be allowing their children to join or not. Thus, joining the field trip is not such a mandatory requirement.
In a report made by ABS-CBN News on January 3, 2018, the DepEd had lifted the moratorium on field trips and outside the campus activities and issued new implementing guidelines through Department Order 66 for both private and public schools.
According to Usec Tonisito Umali, the field trip and off-campus activity should already be included in the school’s annual improvement plan at the start of the school year.
A parent or guardian’s consent form will also be used for all the activities.
Apparently, on December 27, Secretary of Education Leonor Briones issued the new guidelines stating that its implementation is in support of the K to 12 curriculum.
The following guidelines are stated in the order. To wit:
- Ensure relevance and alignment with the educational competencies of the K to 12 Curriculum and leadership development of learners;
- Uphold child protection principles and that no learner shall be disadvantaged in any form; and
- Observe the safety and security protocols for all participants before, during and after the activity.
DepEd’s Memorandum Order 66 repels Memorandum No. 47 series of 2017.
Earlier, the Commission of Higher Education had also issued strict guidelines for educational field trips which include mandatory insurance for students, vehicles should not be more than 10 years older and that field trips should be voluntary and not compulsory.