Carroll County Public Schools Superintendent Stephen Guthrie will lift the temporary restrictions on field trips to Baltimore City as of January 2, 2018. These restrictions and the case-by-case review were recently put in place based on the recommendation of the Carroll County Sheriff and the school system’s concern for the security and safety of students. Superintendent Guthrie and Carroll County Sheriff James DeWees worked together to develop fieldtrip guidelines that allow the release of the temporary restrictions.
Sheriff DeWees stated, “The collaborative effort between Superintendent Guthrie and my office brought about positive changes that will ensure that student and staff safety is our paramount concern regardless of where they travel.”
According to Superintendent Guthrie, “I am very grateful to Sheriff Jim DeWees for his experienced counsel during this period of evaluation following our initial decision. He has played an integral role in helping us review and modify our field trip procedures and has been actively communicating with Baltimore City officials to gain a better understanding of their plans to improve public safety in high tourist areas.”
We are also grateful to Governor Larry Hogan and Baltimore City Mayor Catherine Pugh for expressing their concerns and outlining their initiatives to curb violence in Baltimore.” These initiatives were reported in an article that appeared in The Baltimore Sun on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. “We appreciate their efforts and the steps they are taking to enhance security.”
During the period of time the temporary restrictions has been in effect, the school system has taken the opportunity to review its field trip policy and modify procedures. These modifications include tighter communication protocols among teachers, chaperones, and bus drivers on field trips and a reduction of unstructured time.
While there have been no additional requests from schools for field trips to Baltimore City for the remainder of December, the announcement is being made at this time so that principals may be notified and have time to become familiar with the modified procedures.
The modified guidelines are posted on the CCPS website at:
“I want to thank the community for their patience and input during this time. This is an outstanding example of our community coming together to provide our students with varied educational opportunities while at the same time ensuring their safety and well-being,” Guthrie said.