Keep Masterman High School Class Trips

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Dear Assistant Superintendent Jurate Krokys,

We are Masterman High School’s Student Government Association, representing the voices of students. We are reaching out to petition to have our school’s class trips on June 16th, 2017.

We have followed the standard procedures to have our trips. We have secured the date with our administration, booked our venues in advance, and notified students, parents, and faculty. All of this has been done many months prior. Our scheduled date of June 16th was approved and cemented in our school’s calendar after meeting with our principal and vice-principal three times: in August, January, and April. Subsequently, we had also paid significant costs to host our trips, including deposits to the venues and the bus companies to hold that specific date. Students were also given trip slips early so families can make plans around this date to avoid any potential conflicts.

Recently, we have heard that there was a lack of communication in regards to notifying our class sponsors that the deadline for SDP trips is June 15th when we have reached out multiple times to our administration to not only approve, but also confirm our date of June 16th. Thus, we have been told our trips will be either cancelled or moved to an earlier date—options that are both unfeasible and problematic.

Such change will force us to lose the deposits that have already been submitted to the venues. Already, we have called to try to reschedule, but this option is impossible due to time constraints and heavy demand for the venues during June. Parents, students, and families have all been paying class dues of hundreds of dollars each year to make these trips possible. We do not want to see our money be washed down the drain simply because we cannot have our trip.

In addition to losing our trip payments, students and faculty would also be severely affected if we were to reschedule to an earlier date. Not only have families made plans on other dates besides June 15th, but the school has also already planned events every other day in June: multiple assemblies, Middle States, high school finals, student activities, Spirit Week, Field Day, Laps for Education, senior projects presentations, graduation rehearsals, and many more. Therefore, we had purposely set aside June 16th as the date to hold our class trips once we had received approval from the administration. As you can see, changing the date would have endless adverse effects that weigh heavily on our shoulders.

For the past two decades, Masterman High School has held its class trips for all four grades on the Friday before the last week of school, a hallmark to the end of another great school year. Because there was a lapse in communication, we feel that as students, we should not be the ones to bear the burden of having to reschedule or change our date. As the student body’s representatives, we seek to bring our voices to the ears of our administration. Already, we have heard students, teachers, and families speak out about the negative effects of changing our date. We all have given our time, invested our money, and followed protocol to ensure the success of our class trips. Given your position, we hope you can hear our voices too. Thus, we request for you to grant us permission—permission that has been granted to us on multiple occasions in the past—to once again have our class trips on June 16th.

Student Government Association

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