Slippery Rock 10th & 11th Grade Field Trip to
October 1-2, 2022
Slippery Rock 10th/11th-graders: get ready for a fun-filled, Fall field trip to Washington, DC! Students will see and explore the institutions of our federal government and immerse themselves in our national history. Slippery Rock students have been traveling to our nation’s Capitol with Logan Tours for many years. Many remember it as a highlight of their school years. Make it one of yours, too!
Fri 08/19: Registration opens at 7 am. You must complete forms and pay $100 to hold your spot.
Fri 8/26: Registration closes when trip reaches the 150 student limit, or at 11:59 pm on 8/26.
Wed. 08/31: Roommate forms distributed in class.
Fri. 09/09: Roommate forms & final payments due.
Mon. 09/19, 7 pm, Middle School Cafeteria: Parent meeting.
Sat. 10/01, 5:30 am: Buses load, Middle School upper lot.
Sun 10/02 9:30 pm (approx): Students return, Middle School upper lot.
- Visit the US Capitol, Arlington Cemetery, and Ford’s Theater.
- Explore 2 Smithsonian Museums: Natural History and American History.
- Visit the Lincoln, Vietnam Veterans, World War II, and Korean War memorials.
- Take photos in front of the White House.
- View America’s 3 most historic documents at the National Archive Building & Museum
- Splash and play at the Freedom Aquatic Center, with activities for everyone (swimming, water slide, basketball, gym, and more).3
We depart from Slippery Rock Middle School early Saturday morning, traveling on comfy coach buses. After arriving in DC, students spend the afternoon touring the city, then head to Manassas, VA for dinner and evening activities. We tour again Sunday morning and head home by mid-afternoon on Sunday.
- $330 per student covers transportation, admissions, lodging, most meals and t-shirt to wear on Saturday.
- Any student who had fundraising credit from 2020 from the hoagie sale should contact Rebecca Green at firstname.lastname@example.org to get their fundraiser balance.
- We are sorry, but we are not able to offer another fundraiser or scholarship fund for this trip.
- Registration starts Friday August 19 at 7 am. It will close early if we reach the 150 student limit.
- A $100 deposit is required to register (even if you have fundraising credit from 2020).
- Registration closes on August 26 at 11:59 pm if we do not close early due to capacity being reached.
- Any remaining balance is due by Friday, September 9th.
- Payments must be made on this site by check or credit card.
- If your child must drop out of the trip before September 30th, all payments, except the $100 deposit, will be refunded.
- After September 30th, the trip cost is not refundable.
Breakfast – Muffins and juice on the bus.
Lunch – Subway on the National Mall.
Dinner – All-you-can eat pizza and soda.
Breakfast – Hotel continental breakfast including hot items
Lunch – Elephant & Castle Restaurant
Dinner -Hoss’ Steakhouse buffet (chicken tenders, fries, soup, salad, and dessert bar)
If you have special dietary needs, bring food that is safe for you. We can store a cooler under the bus, if needed.
Spending Money: All meals and admits are included in the trip price. $30-$50 will be enough for vending and small souvenirs. More will be needed if you plan to purchase T-shirts or sweatshirts.
Food and beverages are permitted on the buses and in hotel rooms. Only drinks with resealable containers are allowed. Students are expected to discard waste and keep buses and rooms clean. If not, snack privileges will be revoked.
We will be staying at the Hampton Inn, Manassas VA, which features comfortable, well appointed rooms equipped with cable TV and a blow dryer. 4 students will be assigned per room, and each room has either two queen beds or a king bed and a sleeper sofa.
Students choose their own roommates using a form that will be distributed in History class on August 31. They are due back on September 9.
What to Bring: Take all items on board the bus that you plan to use throughout the day, including phones, cameras, jackets, spending money, snacks/drinks. You’ll also need to have a gym bag with you on the bus. Pack this with whatever you’ll need for the Freedom Center pool & recreation area.
Everything you’ll need at the hotel (sleepwear, toiletries, games, more snacks & drinks) goes in a bag that can be put in the under-bus storage. You won’t be able to access it throughout the day.
What NOT to bring: Don’t bring anything that isn’t allowed at school (weapons, alcohol, vapes, etc.). All bags and luggage will be inspected. Please triple check that there are no prohibited items. If there are, you might not be able to attend the trip and school policy enforced.
Medication must be given to the nurse before boarding.
Weather: We will be outside and walking A LOT! Wear comfortable shoes. Check the DC forecast and pack accordingly, including jacket/rain coats.
Phones and other screens: Students are responsible for their possessions, so use discretion. Label these items with name and parent phone number in case they are misplaced.
Music and video: Must be played through headphones.
- Students are expected to abide by all applicable school policies while on this trip.
- The District has the right to deny a student from participating based on disciplinary or other issues that arise before the trip (e.g., fighting, bullying, etc.).
- The “Good Night” time on the itinerary is the last time that any student will be permitted in the hotel hallways. Errands, such as obtaining soft drinks, ice, or asking questions of the chaperones must be carried out before that time.
- If behavior is an issue with any student, the chaperones will employ the following procedures: 1. Verbal warning. 2. Assigned seat. 3. Deny permission to remain with group at itinerary stops (will remain on bus with a chaperone). 4. Phone call to parent. 5. Require parent to pick up child and remove from trip.
Slippery Rock staff and students have gone on the Washington DC field trip nearly a decade. They’ve always been well received by the hotel, restaurants, and tour sites visited. Help us keep up our good reputation!
Student Safety is the most important aspect of this tour. The following procedures are in place to ensure safe travels:
- Students may not attend if they show any signs of illness.
- Each bus has at least 4 chaperones. Most are district employees who know the students and are familiar with the places we visit.
- Experienced tour coordinators travel with the group at all times. They explain meeting times, places, etc. in advance of each stop. They will alert students and chaperones to any changes that need to be made, and are in contact with the bus drivers at all times.
- Chaperones and tour coordinators have required clearances.
- Students travel in groups with their roommates and their bus chaperones.
- The places we visit have strict security and/or police on site.
- Hotel rooms do not have exterior exits. Hotel rooms have landline phones and students are told how to contact chaperones during the night.
- A security guard walks the halls all night. Mechanisms are put in place to ensure students do not visit one another’s rooms during the night.
- Only experienced drivers are used, and we strictly follow federal laws pertaining to driver safety.