The Committee recognizes that educational student travel experiences supplement and enrich the learning process and that middle and high schools are increasingly contracting educational tour operators and companies for student travel needs.

As with any student program, principals, faculty, and parents should follow good consumer practices before entering into contracts with tour operators or travel companies. Although the NASSP Committee on Student Contests, Programs, and Activities does not address student travel directly in its national guidelines, the Committee recognizes the need for resources and recommends that principals and student trip planners review the standards and guidelines developed and adopted by the Student & Youth Travel Association (SYTA). The Committee found the SYTA standards and travel guidelines to be a useful evaluative tool in the selection of a student tour operator.

SYTA is a professional, nonprofit association that represents the interest of student and youth travel and has developed standards to help students, parents, and educators with educational travel needs. The National Committee’s recognition of the SYTA standards as a valuable resource for its members does not imply endorsement of the organization by the Committee or NASSP.

Visit the SYTA website to review their standards and other student travel information.