- advertisement -

Fieldtrip question

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by anna-bananna, Apr 24, 2012.

  1. anna-bananna

    anna-bananna Approved members

    Joined:
    May 23, 2011
    Messages:
    127
    When you go with your cwd on a fieldtrip, do you go as a caregiver, a chaperone, or both?

    I guess I think it might be kind of hard to manage a group of kids that aren't mine if I am having to treat lows, etc., on top of it. (This fieldtrip will be to the zoo, so lots of walking around.)

    On the other hand, I think I might feel silly NOT chaperoning if we don't have any issues with D...like more of being in the way than a help, although I would do my best to help other kids, too.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. Becky Stevens mom

    Becky Stevens mom Approved members

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2008
    Messages:
    8,719
    My husband or I go as a chaperone and as Steven's caregiver but we do try to have a small group so that we can manage the diabetes while chaperoning. I think you could ask that you just be given another child or 2 besides your daughter so that if you do need to do diabetes chores it will be easier to get everyone to stop for a moment and do that.
     
  3. Sarah Maddie's Mom

    Sarah Maddie's Mom Approved members

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2007
    Messages:
    12,521
    When she was younger I always went as an extra adult. Sure, I participated and helped with other kids, but it was understood that my primary reason for being there was my dd and I never had sole charge of a group of kids - but then again, chaperones were always paired and given a gaggle of kids to herd.;)
     
  4. Lisa - Aidan's mom

    Lisa - Aidan's mom Approved members

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2011
    Messages:
    405
    Our field trips have a substitute nurse go with the kids; she would drag this huge suitcase around filled with all the diabetic supplies and all the allergy medicines for the other kids, etc.

    The few trips I went on, I was both chaperone and somewhat of a caregiver, the nurse wanted to take control, lol. So I felt comfortable letting him go on his 2nd grade trip to the farm without me.

    Ask if you could just take on the responsibility of another 2 or 3 kids so you aren't overwhelmed.
     
  5. hawkeyegirl

    hawkeyegirl Approved members

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2007
    Messages:
    13,157
    I go as both. I figure it's just as likely that we'll be down a chaperone because someone is tending to a skinned knee or vomit or escorting someone to the bathroom as it will be that I have to take an inordinate amount of time dealing with D. In other words, I assume there are enough chaperones that if a child (including my own) needs one on one care, other chaperones will step in.
     
  6. quiltinmom

    quiltinmom Approved members

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2010
    Messages:
    1,189
    I think you could go as a chaperone, not just for your child. You won't be treating lows every 5 minutes. You might have one or two during the day, but chances are you'll have plenty of time to help with the other kids too (depending on what the child-adult ratio is). You test, give a low snack, then you're back to admiring the animals.

    Side note--you're lucky you get to go. I've always had conflicts so I have to send him on his field trip biting my nails, hoping he remembers to take his insulin. :) He's pretty good now, but at first it made me very nervous!
     
  7. mmgirls

    mmgirls Approved members

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2008
    Messages:
    6,030
    This is me. I go for McKenna, and always end up being a help because I do not have kids to chaperone.
     
  8. hdm42

    hdm42 Approved members

    Joined:
    May 1, 2008
    Messages:
    1,297
    I go as a caregiver, not a chaperone. I am going instead of a nurse. I make it clear that if Campbell has a problem, I will tend to him and only him.
    I help out with the chaperoning, but I always have another adult with my group.
     
  9. azdrews

    azdrews Approved members

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2010
    Messages:
    200
    I am actually going on Adam's kindergarten zoo trip this Friday. :) I am going as a caregiver AND chaperone, although Adam's teacher did tell me she will give me fewer kids in my group since I will have to tend to Adam, and two parents (chaperones) will be partnered together.
     
  10. jessicat

    jessicat Approved members

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2012
    Messages:
    151
    the nurse or health tech goes with my son. I could go if I wanted or felt the need, but I trust our nurse/ tech. They leave a sub nurse/tech at school. (its in his 504)
     
  11. Charliesmom

    Charliesmom Approved members

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2009
    Messages:
    1,472
    Last year in K I went as an extra person. The teacher really liked it because it means one more adult to help out and my son was put in the larger group since I would be there. Charlie is missing the first grade trip because we will be at Disney so I don't know how it would be handled this year.
     
  12. tiger7lady

    tiger7lady Approved members

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2010
    Messages:
    344
    The nurse or a sub nurse goes on the field trips. I can rarely go because of work and they just arrange a sub either to stay at the school or to go on the trip.
     
  13. DsMom

    DsMom Approved members

    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2010
    Messages:
    1,700
    I go as both. We did the zoo last year, and there were no problems. It's not like I spend a huge amount of time on D care. When we eat lunch, I of course check and bolus him, which takes all of two minutes. We haven't had to deal with any lows as of yet on field trips. If that crops up, the other kids are usually up for a few breaks during the day anyway...last year was ungodly hot...they all just wanted to go back to the bus!!:rolleyes: I don't think a break of a couple of minutes would bother the other kids in the group. They still all have little legs, which need resting during walking trips!;):)

    This year, the school has a new policy, and a school nurse must go on all field trips. Perhaps she will be part of our group because of my son, perhaps not. I'm good either way.

    Whatever your role...have fun!:)
     
  14. Mish

    Mish Approved members

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2009
    Messages:
    1,393
    I've done it both ways. sometimes there aren't ever enough chaperones, so I get a group (which is fun for my son anyway, he doesn't feel like mom is there just for him). And other times I've just been the extra adult.

    Neither happens now as I've been banned from all field trip activity for the last 2 school years by "mr 11 year old independent" (he actually goes on short trips with no nurse now. And we're all ok with that. He's growing)
     
  15. jules12

    jules12 Approved members

    Joined:
    May 26, 2007
    Messages:
    2,333
    This is where we are as well - I have been "banned" from going!!! LOL Prior to that I did both - whatever worked for the teacher and fits in the rules for the number of people attending, etc. Sometimes there just isn't enough room on the bus if I am not watching 2-3 other kids as well. The teacher usually didn't give me any of the kids who needed "extra watching." My son actually preferred it if I had another function besides " his care giver."
     
  16. Butterfly Betty

    Butterfly Betty Approved members

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2010
    Messages:
    540
    For in town field trips, I allow her to go alone. Her teachers have my cell and I can be anywhere in three minutes. Anything outside of the city limits, I go with the understanding that I am there to take care of Sophie.
     
  17. Sarah Maddie's Mom

    Sarah Maddie's Mom Approved members

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2007
    Messages:
    12,521
    My field trip involvement came to a screeching halt once she hit Middle school. Next week is the first overnight school trip - she's on her own and she'll be fine ;). One of the other moms tried to convince me that we should chaperone together on this trip for the "fun" of it. Not happening.:cool:
     
  18. Beach bum

    Beach bum Approved members

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2005
    Messages:
    11,315
    I would generally go as a extra chaperone. Meaning, I would be teamed with another parent in order to help them out, but when it came time to focus on d care, I could with no worries.

    When they hit 4th grade, my desire to chaperone went out the window, when the attitudes kick in, those kids loose their cuteness! I think the nurses understand this, they never even asked me to go last year. This years class trip is chaperoning to an amusement park. Luckily, parents are encouraged to go, but in their own cars and then just mill about the park. That, is palatable. I assume I will be the pump holder for the rides.
     
  19. manda81

    manda81 Approved members

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2010
    Messages:
    670
    I usually go and am in the "group" with the teacher, that way she can still watch over the entire class (while I monitor the smaller group) but if I have an issue with lows, etc... she can take over the group until we catch back up.

    That's worked out great so far.
     
  20. Mish

    Mish Approved members

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2009
    Messages:
    1,393
    we have an all day boat trip coming up (really, 6th graders need to go on cruise with food and dancing??) but I'm requiring that a nurse go. I just didn't like the distance, the time out on the water, etc. I think this is the first time that I asked them to send a nurse in my place.

    and same here, I had a friend say "oh we should go, it will be fun." l like a boat full of screaming kids (from other schools too) all day is fun? I don't think so.
     

Share This Page

- advertisement -

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice