The educational program at Bay Montessori may be expanded by participation in purposeful, informative field trips. All field trips are organized by the teacher and are supervised by at least the regular ratio of students to staff. Parents are often requested to accompany the class to provide additional supervision, depending on the type of field trip. If a parent volunteers to help, that parent must be prepared to assume the responsibility of supervising a number of children just as if he or she were another staff member. Field trips will be scheduled as far in advance as possible and notices will be sent home. We generally use the school van for field trips but often family vehicles may be used. Maryland’s current law (effective June 30, 2008) requires children under eight years old to ride in an appropriate child restraint car seat or booster seat, unless the child is 4’9” or taller or weighs more than 65 pounds. Every child from 8 to 16 years old who is not secured in a child restraint must be secured in the vehicle’s seat belt.