A GO Educational Tours starts each day with safety on our mind. Juice, eggs, toast and a good safety review to get us going for the day are all part of the job.
On your next class trip or student tour to Washington DC, New York City, Boston, Chicago, Charleston , Montreal or Quebec these are the key safety instructions we review on a daily basis with our student/ passengers.
Here’s an overview of some points our GO Leaders review daily with the students.
- Listen to all instructions when the briefing begins
- In the motor coach- always remain seated. You can talk, text, IM, chat, skype, think, write poetry, ponder, reflect, read and yes, even look-out the window where live in 3D some pretty cool stuff is going on. But you have to remain seated at all times
- When traveling at night, never take flash pictures – the glare can distract or even blind the driver and cause an accident
- In larger cities, like New York or DC or Boston, be mindful of your smartphone. There has been a rash of thefts (right out of your hand while taking a picture) of these little computers you have in your hands worth $300-$600.
- Always stay with your group, never stray away until specific instructions are given (don’t go into a store because you saw something you might want)
- Listen carefully to the instructions when going to an attraction, site or museum
- meeting times
- meeting points
- what to see and explore and have fun
- Make sure you understood the instructions- if anything is unclear please ask your teachers, chaperones or GO Leader
- When walking on city streets, as a group or on personal mobile time, never ever run, especially when on sidewalks and intersections. We like to call them the ‘pool rules
- No pushing and shoving, especially on city streets
- Never- ever- cross at a red light, even if there are no apparent cars. Ever.
- The Buddy system. No, not the ‘hey buddy’ system. It’s the keep an eye for your friend, pal, BFF system. Making sure you are looking out for them, their stuff, backpack, money etc. as they do for you
- During exploration time , make sure you practice the buddy system as per above and never stray from the boundaries of the indicated perimeter
- Never ever share with anyone the location, name or address of your hotel
- At the hotel never leave the room and never open the door without asking who is there first and clearly identifying the person at the door
- Never let anyone in unless a teacher or chaperone is present
- When going to a public restroom or ATM always be with your buddies
These are key rules, instructions and guidelines to keep in mind during any trip with your students or class.
If you have a subway trip planned on your educational tour to one of the big cities then in our next post we will cover the specific instructions for making a fun experience in discovering how the locals travel through their city.