The new DepEd guidelines on field trips or off-campus activities were released through the DO 66 series of 2017 also known as “Implementing Guidelines on the Conduct of Off-Campus Activities.”
The Department of Education (DepEd) has issued a memorandum lifting the ban on field trips, which has been in effect since March 9, 2017 per DepEd Memorandum No. 47, likewise issued new implementing guidelines for private and public schools. The guidelines, issued by Education Secretary Leonor Briones in the effect of Department Order 66, states that it is to be implemented in support of the K to 12 curriculum.
New DepEd Guidelines on Field Trips
1. In support of the K to 12 Curriculum implementation, the Department of Education (DepEd) hereby establishes the enclosed guidelines on the conduct of co-curricular and extra-curricular off-campus activities for public and private schools.
2. All co-curricular and extra-curricular activities will adhere to the following:
- 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.
3. This issuance repeals DepEd Order Nos. 87 and 52, s. 2003, 5, s. 2002 and 56, s. 2001. All other related issuances, rules and regulations, as well as provisions which are inconsistent with this policy are hereby repealed, rescinded, or modified accordingly.
4. Immediate dissemination of and strict compliance with this Order is directed.
DO 66 addresses the lapses in safety standards that prompted the issuance of DepEd Memorandum No. 47 and set clearer guidelines for service providers partnering with the schools. All vehicles, most especially those arranged with external transportation operators shall be duly certified by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and Land Transportation Office (LTO). Vehicles should not be more than 10 years old as of the scheduled date of the off-campus activity reckoned from the year of manufacture.
The Order additionally limits the number of passengers to the seating capacity of the vehicle and prohibits placing additional seats on the aisle to accommodate more people. The school, meanwhile, is instructed to “ensure that all drivers assigned to service off-campus participants have updated licenses and are in good medical condition.” Vehicle inspection is required to be done before departure and during the activity proper.