ASD supports numerous opportunities for student travel for authentic cultural and language application experiences. Teachers prepare students for these enrichment opportunities that usually take place in the spring and summer.
Procedures for travel
Teachers must complete the following procedures and forms prior to traveling:
- Attend international travel/administrator designee training
Contact Brandon Locke with questions about this training. Visit My Learning Plan to sign up for scheduled trainings.
- Do your homework for the trip
Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative effective June 1, 2009.
- Be aware of travel alerts and warnings
The U.S. Department of State informs the public of conditions abroad that may affect their safety and security. Country specific information, travel alerts and warnings can be found at the US Government travel advisory site.
- Select a travel agency
Choosing the right agency is one of the most important decisions in planning a trip with students.
- Read the Student Travel Approval guidance
Be familiar with the Student Travel Approval process document
- Submit the appropriate travel authorization form
Elementary – Request for out-of-district or hazardous travel
Secondary – Request for out-of-district student travel
- Have student agreement forms signed
All students must sign a student agreement form (sample)
- Notify students and parents if travel is canceled
Use the Notice Regarding Cancellation of International Travel form when international travel is canceled
Ongoing ASD exchange programs
- GAPP exchanges (German)
- East High School's Costa Rican summer exchange
- Sand Lake Elementary and Chitose Elementary, Japan
Visit the student exchange Web page for a list of recognized exchange organizations that the district does not directly sponsor but cooperates with.
Meeting Mayor Yamaguchi
Sand Lake Japanese Immersion students met Mayor Yamaguchi of Chitose, Japan.
Romig students visit Red Square
Russian Immersion students from Romig Middle School in Moscow's Red Square, winter 2014
Celebrating a 23 year partnership
Japanese Immersion students from Sand Lake Elementary in June 2014, celebrating 23 years of partnership with their sister city in Chitose, Japan