Keeping students safe is our number one priority. That’s why Director’s Choice has taken the initiative and formally adopted safe industry standards as well as developing our own rigorous TRAVEL SAFE certifications.
When Director’s Choice was founded in 1996, I was still an active music educator in the classroom at a high school in West Texas. My focus was on helping my students individually, as ensembles, and making the overall program better from one day to the next. I believed numerous performance opportunities and traveling as a group was vital to the overall advancement of the entire program. With our world getting increasingly smaller with technology and a voracious appetite for experiences out of their communities, students and families today demand to travel, learn, and perform abroad.
We polled our most experienced student travel experts and have boiled down the 5 top tips to help you begin planning your group's overnight trip. Unlike traveling with your family, moving 75 to 100 kids and making sure they have food and a place to sleep in an unfamiliar city can be a challenge.As early as 18 months before departure you should start thinking about your trip to ensure a safe and fun travel plan with plenty of student and parent participation.
Travel protection is a great way to help protect your travel plans and investment. Coverage ranges from Trip Cancellation to Baggage Delay to Medical Evacuation. But is it worth it? Check out some of the most commonly asked questions.
Disney is one of the most magical, memorable trips you can take and it’s great for student groups! However, before you begin planning your itinerary, I want to share my best advice about how to do Disney right for you, your group, your schedule and your budget.
No more fudging on motor coach driving hours. No more unscheduled stops. No more last minute itinerary changes. New mandated Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) on commercial coaches may impact student travel. Here’s what you need to know.
Being ethical in business is the highest guiding principle of Director’s Choice. In fact, it’s the reason I started the company over 21 years ago. As a traveling band director, I wanted more for my students and more for the money they and their families raised. This is what being ethical is about. It was essential for me to be accountable to my students and their families. I felt I owed my students more than the average travel and festival experiences offered to us at that time.
How is student travel evaluated and vetted in your district?
It’s an ongoing priority for schools and districts to evaluate and implement policies and procedures to keep students safe. For instance, the effects of football related concussions have made news, prompting many school districts across the country to reevaluate safety gear and their procedures for purchasing this gear.