School trip to France can­celled be­cause of se­cu­rity con­cerns

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Dozens of young­sters from Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang have been left dev­as­tated as they are told all school trips to France are can­celled.

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil an­nounced last Fri­day that it was pulling the plug on all ex­cur­sions to two Euro­pean coun­tries be­cause of safety con­cerns.

The lo­cal au­thor­ity said two trips ar­ranged by Cathkin and Trin­ity high schools are af­fected by the de­ci­sion.

It said it was work­ing with in­surance com­pa­nies to re­trieve the full monies paid by par­ents, which the Re­former un­der­stands to be in the re­gion of £350

Jim Gil­hooly, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of ed­u­ca­tion re­sources, said: “In light of re­cent events in parts of Europe, and fol­low­ing dis­cus­sion with par­ents, we have taken the de­ci­sion to can­cel all forth­com­ing school trips to Paris and/ or Bel­gium.

“The safety of our pupils and staff has been para­mount in this de­ci­sion.

“All in­volved have re­ceived let­ters to this ef­fect, which also con­firm that par­ents will not be fi­nan­cially dis­ad­van­taged by this de­ci­sion.”

Both stu­dents from Cathkin and Trin­ity high schools were due to travel to France by bus and ferry and when there visit Paris and Euro Dis­ney.

One trip, sched­uled for the end of May 2016, was for 56 S3 pupils for five days.

The other, sched­uled for mid-June of this year, was for 21 pupils across a range of year groups for six days.

The Re­former un­der­stands that par­ents have so far been re­funded a por­tion of the to­tal cost of the trip, while the coun­cil is work­ing with its in­surer to re­coup the money spent on de­posits.

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