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May 10, 2013

Parent-sponsored senior trips are advised

NORMAN — Q: What information can you give us about senior trips? We are in a dilemma.

— Moms from Moore

Dear Moms,

Senior trips have been going on for as long as we have been in education. Some are school sponsored, but most are not. School-sponsored senior trips are organized by school personnel, and these personnel accompany the students on the trips.

The more common senior trips are organized by students, many times without parental input and usually without an adult going with them.

You didn’t mention exactly what your dilemma is, because by now, most trips are finalized and paid for. We, as educators, have heard horror stories about senior trips out of the country.

We chose to follow a different route when our kids graduated from high school. Please remember that even though seniors think they are old and wise when in another country, this country’s laws prevail. Drinking ages are virtually non-existent, and there are cultural differences that could pose problems.

We feel that adult supervision is imperative. Consider ideas such as these for senior trips that would still allow fun for students and peace of mind for parents:

· Anyone have a lake house? Make sure a parent goes along.

· A trip to New York City, San Francisco, Austin, Texas, or any other fabulous, fun places in the U.S. Several moms could get their own room, shop and be there if the kids need you.

· Are they begging for the beach? Padre, Galveston, Gulf Shores, for example, are all in a day’s drive.

Your dilemma should be solved by thinking only of your particular child’s safety and not whether they’re going to be angry with you because you tell them they can’t go. We are continually reminded of a horrific tragedy that occurred on a senior trip in Aruba several years ago.

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