Outdoor Safety Practices

Outdoor Play

The Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 388-295-2130 (1) requires child care facilities to provide outdoor playtime activities for all children in their programs.  This means that even in certain conditions, such as rain, snow, fog, hot or cold weather, children are required to have access to outdoor activities. In these conditions, staff will arrange an alternative location (i.e. undercover area) so children are still able to go outside and play.

Field Trip Safety

Walking field trips are short walks usually taken around the Launch neighborhood. Permission slips will not be used for walking field trips. Families can notify the Program Director if they do not want their child to participate in walking field trips.

Distance field trips occur during full days and our summer program. In order for a child to participate, a parent or guardian must complete the following:

  • Place the child’s name on the field trip permission form with the proper guardian’s signature.
  • Plan for a way to keep lunch/food cold and safe.
  • Have child wear or bring appropriate clothing and shoes for trip.
  • Provide sunscreen when needed.
  • Alert staff to any medication or special needs.
  • Arrive 20 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time on the day of the fieldtrip.

All Launch staff will be equipped with first aid kits and emergency contact information for each child.

Field Trip Transportation

Many of our field trips will include rides on METRO Systems and family chaperones are welcome to participate in those field trips. On rare occasions, fieldtrips will include the use of a district school bus. In these cases, family members are not allowed to travel on the bus and will be required to drive their own vehicle. In the event a family member drives their own private vehicle on the field trip, the family member can only transport their own children.

Water Facilities and Beaches

During the school year and throughout the summer Launch programs participate in water activities through the City of Seattle Parks and Recreations department. Water activities can consist of swimming pools, wading pools, sprinkler parks, and neighboring beaches. Launch follows all established water safety and sanitation rules at our neighboring water facilities. Should you like additional information regarding City of Seattle water activities please contact your Program Director or visit City of Seattle Parks and Recreations: