Trips are not first come, first served. Once the signup deadline (November 10) has passed, the list of potential students will be reviewed by the Trip Committee and a roster and waitlist will be announced based on the following priorities:
- Is the trip open to all students or only to a particular grade?
- Priority to specific grades.
- Language requirement.
- Gender balance.
- Priority to wait-listed students from previous years.
The Outdoor/Travel Program meets with division heads, counseling staff, and additional Seattle Academy faculty/staff when needed, to review the academic and behavioral standing, as well as the mental and physical health of each student signing up for a SAAS trip. When requested, parents agree to participate in family meetings with appropriate SAAS personnel prior to the trip acceptance to discuss potential trip logistics. Overnight and foreign trips involve activities and exposure to conditions and risks not present during the regular SAAS school day and trip acceptance may require consideration of student medical information in order to protect the safety, health and security of the trip participants. Parents and/or students agree to provide medical information and medical provider releases reasonably requested by SAAS prior to trip acceptance or departure.
Students seen by SAAS counseling staff specifically authorize counselors to release information concerning the student’s medical history, medications, mental/emotional health and accommodations to the Outdoor/Travel Program, and to discuss this information with other SAAS faculty and staff as needed to make arrangements for the trip.