On this page, you will find helpful information about the 8th grade Washington DC trip, including important dates, frequently asked questions and medical information. There will be information meetings, fundraisers, and payment due dates taking place before the trip. Each cluster creates its own itinerary, so please speak with one of your child's cluster teachers if you have specific questions. We look forward to another exciting trip!
Please mark your calendar for  September 11, 2019 when we will hold an important informational meeting from 6-7 p.m. in the auditorium. We will meet again in April before the trip, meeting date TBA!

Health Office
From the Nurse's office:

Medication Policy for Washington DC Trip

Dear Parents/Guardians,
Any students needing over the counter or prescription  medications on the Grade 8 Washington trip are required to have a medication authorization form on file with the nurse. These forms MUST be signed by MD and parent.  

Registered Nurses will be accompanying staff and students on the trip. ALL medications including over the counter, ibuprofen, tylenol, tums or prescription medications will be carried and administered by these nurses.

Students will be permitted to carry and self administer their inhalers and epipens  if this is indicated on the authorization form. In certain instances, the student will be allowed to carry an over the counter medication at the discretion and in consultation with the MD, nurse and parent.  

Students who already have medical authorizations on file with nurse for specific medications (inhalers, EpiPens, etc.) will not require a new form. Also if you have given permission for your student to have ibuprofen, acetaminophen or tums at the beginning of the school year the nurses will give these medications as needed..

Medication forms are available in the health office or on our School Health Services website page. These can be mailed, faxed or delivered by a parent with the medication in the properly labeled original container.  We can only accept the number of doses your student will need for the trip.

Please call with any questions or concerns.
We will need medication forms and medication by March 20th, 2019

Thank you!

Andrea Trager, RN
Jocelyn Taweh, RN
NMS Health Office
426-7636 (phone)
270-4553 (fax)

Frequently Asked Questions
Edit Question 1: What is the suggested amount of spending money for students?

Edit Question 2: Should students bring their cell phones?

Edit Question 3: What is the procedure for room assignments?

Question 4: Do the students have the opportunity to pack or buy water and/or snacks?

Edit Question 5: What luggage should students bring?

Question 6: Do students have to room with other students in their cluster?

Question 7: What issues have you encountered on previous trips?

Question 8: How many students attend the trip each year?

Question 9: Why does the eighth grade travel to Washington and Gettysburg?

Question 10: What fundraisers are presented to offset the cost of this trip?

Question 11: Can you explain the security on duty in the hotels?

Question 12: What happens if a student is separated from the group?

Question 13: What are the behavior expectations on the trip? What is the dress code?

Question 14: What is the procedure if a child becomes sick or is injured?

Question 15: What occurs if students are disruptive or cause damage to hotel rooms?

Question 16: Is trip insurance offered?

Edit Question 17: What happens if a tour site is evacuated?

Edit Question 18: Why is it necessary for each bus to have a tour guide?

Edit Question 19: If my child has food allergies, how can I ensure that he or she will have dietary needs met?

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