The Chilliwack School District announced on March 11, 2020 that all international field trips planned over spring break are cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Black Press file)

Chilliwack school district cancels all international trips due to COVID-19

Trips to Scotland/Ireland and Kenya now off as well as a trip to France previously cancelled

The international COVID-19 pandemic has hit close to home as the Chilliwack school district announced Wednesday that all international school field trips planned for the March 2020 spring break have been cancelled.

In a letter sent to parents and staff, acting superintendent Rohan Arul-pragasam said that the announcement means that in addition to a trip to France that was cancelled on March 6, field trips to Kenya and Scotland/Ireland are now also off.

“We realize that this will be disappointing news for many students, staff and parents, and we very much share your disappointment,” Arul-pragasam wrote. “Please be assured that senior staff took many factors into consideration in making this difficult decision. We have been monitoring the pandemic very closely and relying on the latest information from the World Health Organization, the B.C. Ministries of Health and Education, Fraser Health and the BC Centre for Disease Control. We have also been monitoring the Government of Canada’s Travel Health Notices and Travel Advice and Advisories with respect to international travel advisories.”

He added that the cancellations were decided upon out of an abundance of caution given “that student and staff safety is paramount.”

On Monday, the school district issued a special notice to families travelling on spring break, asking that they are aware of Government of Canada travel advisories.

“We are also asking families who are travelling overseas to China and Iran to stay home and self-isolate for 14 days upon their return to B.C., and to monitor closely for symptoms of illness as per the information provided by the BC Centre for Disease Control.”

• READ MORE: Chilliwack students travelling overseas for spring break asked to self-isolate

• RELATED: PHOTOS: Fraser Valley shelves getting bare as coronavirus hoarding continues

There are no overseas trips planned for students in the Fraser-Cascade School District, according to superintendent Karen Nelson.

with a file from Jessica Peters


Do you have something to add to this story, or something else we should report on? Email:
paul.henderson@theprogress.com

@PeeJayAitch
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Coronavirus

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

B.C. firefighters only responding to most life-threatening calls during COVID-19 pandemic

The directive comes after province spoke with paramedics, fire services, according to top doctor

Are you a senior needing help during COVID-19? These Chilliwack volunteers are here for you

Picking up groceries and phone chats are just some of the services being offered at no charge

Chilliwack Learning Society finds new way to get free books to kids amid COVID-19 pandemic

Debbie Denault is hoping others will join her in handing out free books in their own neighbourhoods

‘An extra $220 every 90 days’: B.C. patients pay more dispensing fees due to prescription limits

Kelowna woman says it’s outrageous to charge for refills every 30 days

‘I love you this much’: Chilliwack firefighters share drone video on two-metre physical distancing

The Chilliwack Firefighters Association has been doling out helpful, visual reminders about COVID-19

Education, not enforcement: B.C. bylaw officers keeping a watch on physical distancing

A kind word, it turns out, has usually been all people need to hear

QUIZ: How much do you know about hockey?

Take this test and find out how well you know Canada’s most popular winter sport

Researchers look at humidity as a weapon in the fight against airborne viruses

Regular hand washing, physical distancing and PPE for health care workers remains best line of defense

Exercises move online with YMCA’s new nationwide virtual workout program

YThrive Home offers dozens of free workout videos for people during COVID-19 self-isolation period

Two inmates found positive for COVID-19 at Mission Institution; two other tests pending

15 staff self-isolating waiting results, says correctional officer

B.C. community service provider hosts friendly art competition for youth

Theme for Pacific Community Resources contest is ‘finding the silver lining in difficult times’

Critic, workers’ group ‘disappointed’ Trudeau chose Amazon to distribute PPE

Amazon Canada said in an email to The Canadian Press that it is working with Canada Post, Purolator

Full World COVID-19 update: National Guard collect ventilators in New York; Spain, Italy improve

Comprehensive coronavirus update with news from around the world.

TransLink to reduce service on some bus routes, SeaBus, West Coast Express

Changes start April 6 ‘due to low ridership and financial pressures’ amid COVID-19

Most Read