Why have a Teacher in Charge (TIC) when students go away on trips. Can’t the parents handle it?
The TIC has overall accountability for the safety and well-being of students on trips. This is a legal as well as pastoral responsibility. If things go according to plan, great, however if there are behavioral and/or medical challenges the TIC ultimately has responsibility for making final decisions regarding individuals and the team.
This was something I was thinking about as the ambulance came to take one of the students on a recent softball trip to hospital for X-rays related to a neck injury. To complicate things there was only 3 hours left for final check-in on a JetStar flight.
So, the TIC is indeed a critical role, and with respect to the above all ended well, the player was fine, the flight was made and everyone got home safely and on time.