During the October meeting of the Lincoln County School Board, an early consideration was the approval of an optional field trip for students at Flintville School to Washington, D.C.
The trip is entirely voluntary and would require a flat fee to be paid by the family of each participating student. The dates during which it would take place are March 12-16, Flintville’s scheduled Spring Break. Dr Bill Heath expressed that he is anticipating the participation of roughly 15-20 students.
In anticipation of questions regarding safety and logistics amid the COVID-19 pandemic – which may be ongoing at the time of the trip – Amy Satterfield, an employee of Flintville School was present to offer clarifications to the Board. Satterfield stated that the trip will be facilitated by WorldStrides, a company that has long been managing trips with the goal of experiential learning. Additionally, Satterfiled encouraged any parents who might be considering this trip for their children to also consider the full-refund program available to participants. This refund program comes at the expense of roughly $175 additional dollars; however, Satterfield emphasized that parents are “highly encouraged to sign up,” as the pandemic’s effect on the trip is essentially unknowable at this time. It was noted by both Satterfield and Dr. Heath, however, that WorldStrides provided a free refund to all customers when trips were cancelled last spring, demonstrating a tendency toward transparency and ethical practices.
This motion to actualize this trip was approved, and Flintville School will be moving forward.