The Toronto District School Board has cancelled all school European trips until further notice due to the ongoing coronavirus situation.
In a letter sent home to parents, the TDSB says they have determined that they cannot operate the scheduled trips safely.
“The situation is evolving daily and there is simply too much uncertainty about what will happen in the next week or two, leading up to and even during the trips,” reads the letter.
The TDSB says among the factors taken into consideration is the federal government advisory to avoid non-essential travel to countries such as Italy, where schools and universities have been closed due to coronavirus concerns, as well as European advisories regarding moderate to high risk of infection for people in other European Union countries and Britain.
The board also had to consider the possibility that a student or staff member might need medical treatment and being told to self-isolate while on one of these trips.
“We recognize that this will be very disappointing for many families, but please know this decision was not made lightly and the safety of our students and staff was top of mind while making it.”