I also remember field trips when I was younger and how beneficial they were. I remember going on a field trip that included teamwork skills and how much it helped build a classroom community. It was an outdoor field trip and I remember working with all of my classmates and building trust with them.
When COVID came, field trips stopped, and honestly haven't come back since in my opinion. In my county, there has also been a change to start times messing up busses and their availability. This year, my IDT team came up with 2 field trips, one to Forth McHenry and the other to Fords Theater. I was expecting my students to jump for joy hearing about these field trips and was shocked to find out that over half of our students had no way to pay for their spots on the field trip, making them unable to go. My school has a budget and is split between the three 8th grade teams at our school plus is split by the other 2 grade levels, so there really isn't a lot of money to go around.
It is really disappointing that due to my students' income, they are unable to attend due to expenses. The most shocking thing in my opinion is that Ford's Theater is actually free to go due to our FARMS rate at our school but due to bus expenses, students are still responsible for paying $25 each.