School board can­cels U.S. trips

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

A trustee at a south­west­ern On­tario school board says the board has can­celled a hand­ful school trips to the U.S. due to con­cerns of “safety and eq­uity”.

Clara Howitt said the Greater Es­sex County District School Board, which cov­ers Wind­sor and the sur­round­ing area, has can­celled all trips to the U.S. that were sched­uled for Fe­bru­ary, along with a trip to Wash­ing­ton, D.C., in April.

She said the April trip was can­celled be­cause it would have co­in­cided with a march on Wash­ing­ton that is ex­pected to be at­tended by half a mil­lion peo­ple. Howitt said the board was wor­ried about stu­dents’ safety be­cause of the size of the rally.

She said the Fe­bru­ary trips were can­celled be­cause of con­cerns about eq­uity.

While an ex­ec­u­tive or­der put in place by U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump ban­ning travel from cit­i­zens of seven Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity coun­tries is not cur­rently in ef­fect — and it didn’t af­fect cit­i­zens and per­ma­nent res­i­dents of Canada when it was be­ing en­forced — Howitt said the board feels things are still too un­cer­tain.

Shortly af­ter 9/11, Howitt noted, their buses were de­tained and stu­dents were turned away.

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