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PSD Reviews International Field Trips

January 8, 2016 - National and international field trips are currently under review in Parkland School Division for the balance of the 2015-16 school year.   The Superintendent’s Office will review each trip on a case-by-case basis moving forward. Parkland School Division is a caring and compassionate organization – guided by what’s in the best interest of students and is committed to providing safe and caring places for all students to learn. 

“Field trips involving travel happen to be great opportunities where the world truly opens up for our students,” said Superintendent Tim Monds.

“At Parkland School Division, we value citizenship and recognize our central role in guiding students to understand their responsibilities and their place in the world. We’ve consulted with our legal advisors and sought out feedback from our parents as well as colleagues from other school jurisdictions and believe its important for us to implore a heightened sense of due diligence in light of recent world events involving security threats and terrorism.”

Trips planned overseas and to the United States will be re-reviewed, scrutinized and individually re-evaluated. Final decisions on individual trips will be made consulting the federal government’s travel advice, advisories issued by destination countries, travel and insurance experts and with input from parents, guardians and Parkland School Division staff. 

As outlined in Parkland School Division’s Administrative Procedure 260, the Superintendent may cancel or interrupt any approved off-site activity at any time up to the point of return from that activity where the Superintendent considers the safety and well being of students and supervisors to be at unusual risk, real or potential, due to emergent circumstances. Such a decision will consider any emergent change in social, political, health, legal or physical environment that may have created risk(s) greater than that which existed when the offsite activity was originally given approval.

Parents and guardians who have already consented to international travel for their children will be asked to re-sign consent forms, allowing them the opportunity to either reconsider or recommit.

 

For more information contact:
Kelly Wilkins
Deputy Superintendent
Phone: 780-963-8417
Email: kdwilkins@psd70.ab.ca