The Coop is ideally placed within the small community of West Acton Village, which provides many resources. Classes have taken walking field trips to: West Acton Post Office, Citizen's Library, West Acton Pharmacy, Central Street Fire Station, Idylwilde Farm, Middlesex Bank, Gates School, and New London or DiCapri Pizza. Classes use a walking rope for the children to hold onto and ask for parent volunteers to accompany these trips. Although every class does not take field trips to all of these locations, they have been visited in the past when they tie into the curriculum.
In addition, the Frog, Firefly, and Bee classes take a bus trip to the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln on a Monday morning in May. This is an outdoor field trip, and the date is chosen because the museum is closed on Mondays. Classes walk through the sculpture park project and participate in a drama class. Students eat lunch, and then take the bus back to school for parent pick-up at 12:30 PM. This trip takes place near the end of the year to give the children a chance to ride a school bus before they go to kindergarten.
A parent, in the role of chaperone on a field trip, is acting as a teacher assistant that day. The chaperone must be vigilant about the safety of the children in his or her charge. Older and younger siblings (other than those in a baby carrier) are not allowed on field trips. Both age groups could be distracting and would take your eyes off the children you need to watch.
In accordance with NAEYC criteria, the Acton Coop will follow certain safety precautions to ensure the safety of our students on field trips: teachers will carry a communication device to call for help whenever necessary while on the field trip; first-aid supplies will be available; and alternate transportation arrangements will be made in advance in the event that there is a problem with the transportation vehicles during the field trip. Each child will wear a school nametag for identification.