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Student Safety and Supervision Policy


Student Safety and Supervision Policy

Student Safety and Supervision Policy Statement 

The primary role of TTN summer staff members is to assess risk and supervise students in order to provide the safest experience possible for students.

  • A 7:1 student to staff ratio is the standard for TTN’s service-learning programs*

*In some locations the Local Director is included in this ratio, but not all. 

The student to staff ratio on all programs will never exceed 10:1 at any time on programming (including traveling to/from different sites). TTN utilizes the “buddy system” for students on each program (2 or 3 students in a group). Students are expected to stay in their buddy system, especially when students are in a designated area in which staff are present – but not directly accompanying students such as (but limited to); i.e –  market visits. All students should be accounted for before staff leave any location, when they arrive and during activities.

While at the Home Base, students will be given free time. Free time for students is not free time for staff; students must still be supervised. While at the Home Base during free time, students may be in their rooms or in the common area. For everyone’s personal safety, students may not be allowed in rooms they are not assigned to. Free time at the Home Base is often a time when staff have their daily meetings. Therefore, while in the common area, there will be a staff presence, should students need anything. If there is a pool onsite, no students may be in the pool without at least two staff members supervising the space.

Local Staff who meet the same requirements as our international staff, including first aid/CPR trained and qualified, are also included in the ratio and registered as staff with full supervisory rights over the students. Local staff who meet some (but not all) of the requirements may be called upon to have limited supervisory rights for a specified brief amount of time. Ex. a Home Base manager might be asked to supervise a sick student who remained at the Home Base while the other students participate in the service project (up to 3 hours for ‘temporary staff’).

While supervising students, all staff are never to be alone with a student at any time. All staff (ID, LD, Mentors and additional staff) and students are trained for a student to never be alone with a staff member unless in extenuating circumstances such as; emergency situations and Hospital overnights, student Code of Conduct violations etc. In these instances, parents/guardians will be notified.

Other Teen Travel Network Policies

Discover Teen Travel Network’s various program policies and statements of intent in our Program Policies Hub. Be sure to review each of these policies or statements before you participate in a TTN summer travel program.

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