Students from Alix-MAC School and Ponoka Secondary Campus will not be going on international trips, due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
On Wednesday, Wolf Creek Public Schools announced the cancellation of international student trips scheduled for this month.
“This was a difficult decision, and one we did not make lightly. The safety of students and staff is paramount. The impact of COVID-19 is very serious and appropriate steps must be taken to ensure no student or supervisor is at risk,” said school superintendent Jayson Lovell.
The decision was made based on evolving information from the World Health Organization and other agencies.
A Wolf Creek media release says a significant development occurred on Monday, when the federal government issued an active travel health notice for France and Germany. Both trips were slated to visit one or both countries.
The Alix-MAC School trip would have travelled to the United Kingdom, Ireland, Scotland and France between March 18 and 29.
The Ponoka Secondary Campus trip would have travelled to the United Kingdom, France, Belgium and Germany between March 18 and 28.
All parents were notified of the cancellations Tuesday.
“International travel remains an important learning opportunity for WCPS students. We are disappointed in this change in plans and extend our sincere appreciation for the understanding and support through this challenging situation,” said Lovell.