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Schools Cancel Class Trips to Nation’s Capital Due to Terrorism Concerns

Schools Cancel Class Trips to Nation’s Capital Due to Terrorism Concerns

Schools are canceling scheduled trips to the nation’s capital and abroad due to safety concerns in response to the latest bout of terrorism activities and threats.

In Connecticut, for example, the South Windsor school district kept its eighth grade students home this week despite an intended class trip to Washington D.C., only tentatively rescheduling until security concerns are addressed.

"It is important to note that the district cannot predict the threat level, if any, that may exist in two weeks or two months. We will certainly monitor the situation closely. Rescheduling the trip for December 1, however, will allow parents to make a thoughtful decision as a family, which would not have been the case if we departed today only hours after the media coverage of specific threats,” said South Windsor Superintendent Kate Carter in a letter sent home to parents obtained by Fox 61.

Though federal authorities have urged people in and around D.C. to carry on as usual after increasing security following a series of ISIS threats, some educators think the risk outweighs the benefit.

Still, many districts are continuing to send their students to field trips to D.C. after being prompted to do so by federal officials.

“'After consulting with Homeland Security, we have been assured that such field trips are safe, and we are going ahead with our field trips to Washington,’ said Wayde Byard, spokesman for Loudoun County schools, a sprawling school system about 40 minutes from the District that educates more than 70,000 students,” according to the Washington Post.

Article by Nicole Gorman, Education World Contributor

11/18/2015

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