Travel cannot happen without the support of caring adults to serve as chaperones. Chaperones provide basic supervision and guidance to students, and, depending on individual skill sets, may contribute even more to the success of the tour (i.e., language translations, medical support, geographical guidance, etc…). A chaperone is a working individual – part of a supervisory team – and, as such, is on call 24 hours/day for the duration of the tour. In addition, a chaperone may be called upon prior to the tour to support the planning and preparatory activities required, or may be asked to accompany a student home should the school tour need to be shortened for any reason.
The number of chaperones required on any music tour depends upon the minimum number required by school district policy and the general requirements of the tour itself. Chaperones are chosen by the Music Directors based upon the unique needs of each travel experience. It is not a given that volunteering with the Reynolds Music Parents’ Association will ensure one’s position on a music tour. Chaperone transportation and accommodation costs are covered by the students. As a tour cannot occur without chaperones, their travel costs are simply part of the tour budget.
As such, chaperone selection will be based on the following:
First Priority: Reynolds Music teachers and our travel planners (Bobbi Renton & Marilyn Miller) will be given first priority as chaperones.
Second Priority: School Administration: a member of the school’s administration is requested to accompany us on each excursion.
Third Priority: Reynolds Music Parents Association executive members, committee members, and members at large.
Fourth Priority: The general music parent population.