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Does your school use buses for field trips, or require parents to provide private vehicles for transporting the children?
If a parent is unavailable to drive his/her child to the field trip, then another parent will need to volunteer to drive that child. A parent may also opt their child out of the field trip, though I know my daughter would be extremely disappointed if I chose this option. If the classroom doesn't get enough parent volunteers to drive the students, then the field trip will be canceled.
I'm currently feeling uncomfortable with this approach to field trip transport, because I don't yet know the other parents well enough to fully trust them to drive my child in their vehicle, and I'd prefer that a licensed commercial driver of a public school bus be the one to drive the children to school-sanctioned field trips. I'd rather have the classroom take fewer field trips and hire the bus, then move forward with private parent transport for the five field trips planned for this year's second graders.
Do you think I'm being overly concerned? Is it common now for schools to rely on parents to transport students on field trips rather than school buses? What is your school's approach to field trip transport?