Chaperoning During Winter Sports
Chaperoning during Winter Sports is a great way to get your Parent Volunteer Hours in. It is also challenging, rewarding, and a lot of fun; however, there are certain guidelines and expectations to adhere by.
Firstly, as a Winter Sports Program Chaperone you will have multiple duties. These duties include helping to keep the peace and monitor the students for safety issues and concerns. Some safety issues to keep in mind while chaperoning are:
- Head Counts: Please keep a sharp eye on the students coming and going from the school to the bus, bus to the Cottonwood Room, Cottonwood Room to the restrooms, etc.
- Please ensure all students are wearing their helmets and goggles. If a student has forgotten one of those items, please let the two Winter Sports Program representatives know and they, in turn, will get that item from an instructor.
- If following a Ski School Group on the mountain, please ensure the youngest children wearing yellow aprons are riding the lifts with an adult.
- Have a clear understanding of which children you are in charge of carries and/or uses an Epi-Pen and/or Inhaler. (Each week prior to leaving the school, you will be briefed on this information).
- Help the students to listen and be respectful, by being the example- please no jabbing on the phone if you are to be watching the students.
Other expectations as a Winter Sports Parent Chaperone are as follows:
- Please let the students do as much as possible by themselves: this includes loading and unloading their gear.
- Please do not purchase hot chocolate or any item for the students while away.
- Please allow the students time to socialize with each other on the bus and not with your personal electronic devices.
- Follow all directions from the ski instructors and not interrupt or critique the instructors or the lesson. If you have concerns with an instructor or the lesson, please let one of our two representatives know upon your return to the school.
- Help the students to support their peers and use teamwork.
- Talk with the students about the lesson and emphasis the importance of skills-refining. Try to steer conversations away from a “leveled system”.
As the program draws near, each Parent Chaperone will be contacted with more specific details and a timeline. If you have questions about chaperoning, please contact the MCS Office.