Fearing that some students might be turned away at the border, the Toronto District School Board, Canada’s largest, declared on Wednesday that its staff will no longer book school field trips to the United States if President Trump’s executive order is fully implemented and students are prevented from crossing the border.
The school board typically books dozens of trips to the U.S. every year, according to an article in the New York Post on Friday.
The Toronto school board isn’t alone. Other Canadian school boards and organizations are making the same decision. One example is The Girl Guides of Canada, which has canceled many upcoming trips that required crossing the border.
“We just can’t have trips going across the border and a student, for no legitimate reason, being denied entry to the U.S. We’re obviously not going to leave that student and continue on,” said Toronto school board spokesman Ryan Bird.
At the moment, the school board said that 25 U.S. trips which have already been planned and approved for approximately 900 students will proceed. However, he said that the entire group will turn back if any students with appropriate documentation are stopped from crossing.
“It is my hope that our students, staff, and parents will understand and support this difficult decision,” stated John Malloy, the board’s director of education. “We feel it strikes a balance between our equity and inclusion commitments as a school board, while not canceling already-approved trips for which a financial loss would be incurred.”
Bird told reporters that, so far, he has not heard of any students being turned away at the Canada-U.S. border by U.S. officials.
H/T: New York Post
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