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Status of advice and guidelines

In all instances, it must be remembered that those teachers responsible for all outdoor education programs, including the Principal, will be held accountable for the conduct of such activities and for the health, safety and welfare of participating students.

These guidelines are designed to help schools develop and implement outdoor education programs and to take advantage of the vast range of learning opportunities and resources available in local communities and in our diverse environment.

The guidelines contain the following sections:

Using the guide outlines which sections of the guide teachers and principals should refer to:

Introduction provides an overview of the Guidelines

Essential information provides information and links for all principals and teachers. Before proceeding to individual program planning refer to the links relating to: Supervision, Approval processes, Safety and risk management

Related planning information provides links to a range of information including weather, insurance, access restrictions etc. Includes links to departmental policies and guidelines

Forms provides entry fee exemption forms, risk management forms, sample planning and consent forms etc.

Working outside the classroom provides information for teachers planning minor excursions to parks, museums, environment centres and other places of educational value within the local community, or undertaking an environmental studies program

Activity guidelines provides further information, and planning details on overnight and residential excursions and adventure activities that have an inherent risk factor

See Legal issues, Supervision, and Safety and risk management

The term 'school' as used in this Handbook refers to all Departmental Schools and Secondary Colleges.