DepEd Order No. 56, s. 2001
Schools Division/City Superintendents
Public Elementary and Secondary School Principals
In view of queries on the holding of field trips by public schools in the light of the policy of no collection of fees during enrollment, the following clarification is being made:
- This Office has not issued any circular banning the holding of educational field trips by public schools.
- Educational field trips can supplement classroom instruction. But this depends on the places visited, i.e. cultural, historical and scientific interest such as the National Museum, Museo Pambata, provincial/local museums, Science Centrum, Planetarium, zoological/botanical gardens, historical sites/shrines, model manufacturing or technological firms or scientific sites.
- Recognizing, however that such trips involve certain monetary costs which may be unaffordable to students coming from poor families and who therefore are not able to join, teachers should refrain from conducting tests based on these field trips. Should it be decided that tests will be held based on these field trips, students who were unable to join such trips should not be penalized; they shall be given special tests or assignments as substitutes for not joining the field trip.
- School heads are encouraged to tap external sources such as local government units, civic organizations and PTCAs to help fund educational field trips and arrange for group or student discounts in order to reduce the burden on students.
- Those responsible for organizing the field trips should secure the consent of parents for their children to join the field trip since the children are under the stewardship of the school.
- Educational field trips should never be used to generate income for the school or for school officials/teachers organizing them. Students should only be charged for actual costs for transportation, entrance fees and related expenses.
Immediate and wide dissemination of the foregoing clarification is hereby directed.
RAUL S. ROCO
IMPLEMENTING STRICT GUIDELINES ON THE CONDUCT OF FIELD TRIPS AS AN EDUCATIONAL OUT-OF-CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES
1. The conduct of a field trip must be treated as a school-based activity, thus, the school head must appear as the main proponent. Understandably, the policies articulated in DepEd Order No. 56, s. 2001 and DepEd Order No. 50, s. 2003 are fully complied by the proponent.
2. In addition to the required compliance in Item No. 1, prior to the conduct of the field trip outside Region (), a project proposal must be prepared and must be forwarded to the Schools Division Superintendent by the school head. The Curriculum and Implementation Division will evaluate the rationale, objectives, and places to be visited to ensure its educational value in the light of the standards of the different learning areas in the K to 12 Curriculum. On the other hand, the School Governance and Operations Division, will evaluate the full conformance of the following to be attached to the project proposal:
a. security and safety plan including the people in-charge and accountable for the full security and safety of the pupils/students,
b. abstract of the field trip with the attachment of the shopping conducted to prospective providers, and
c. detailed breakdown of the actual cost without any additional cost to be shouldered by the pupils/students (e.g. raise fund for school projects, incentives).
3. Schools Division Superintendents must ensure the completion of all the mentioned requirements in Item No. 2 before the official endorsement of the request to the Regional Office 15 days before the actual date of the field trip.
4. All requests for field trips are subject for evaluation and approval.
5. Strict compliance to this Memorandum is directed.