Some Canadian schools are changing trip destinations, or cancelling them outright, in response to the “uncertain world climate”.
The National Post reports HERE that the Roman Catholic school districts in Edmonton and Calgary have cancelled all international travel for the remainder of the school year, citing concerns over student safety. Officials are pointing to the recent attacks in Paris and San Bernardino as the two main reasons behind this decision.
Destinations included France, England, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Spain and even the United States. The reasons for these trips included sports gatherings, religious conferences, competitions, artistic events and science festivals.
“This was a very difficult decision and we have considered several factors including the uncertain world climate that we now live in,” a memo read. “Recent media reports advise that there have been 355 mass shootings in 336 days in the United States.”
Other districts in Canada, including the Toronto District and Vancouver school boards have not made the same call. The TDSB’s Ryan Bird confirmed that they “didn’t feel it necessary to cancel or postpone trips.”
Some parents wonder if the schools are cancelling these trips because insurance premiums are too high, and the schools either don’t want to or can’t afford to pay the increased costs. If that is the case, why not ask parents if they’d like to cover those extra costs?