- Associated Press - Friday, March 25, 2016

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan school district has canceled two spring break trips by high school students to Europe following the terrorist attacks in Brussels.

Ann Arbor Public Schools officials have determined that a trip by Huron High School students to Italy and one by Pioneer High School students to Spain pose possible risks, The Ann Arbor News reported (https://bit.ly/1MqglcA ) Friday.

Attackers on Tuesday killed 31 people and wounded 270 in bombings at a Brussels airport and subway. The academic trips were planned for April.

Twelfth-grade art and humanities students at Huron High were to visit Italy April 1-9, while Spanish department students at Pioneer High were to be in Spain April 4-9.

“This decision was made with the students’ safety in mind,” the school district said in a letter sent Thursday to parents. “Please know this was not an easy decision.”

The district told parents it would work with travel sponsors to possibly reschedule the trips when there is less risk to students, but some say they are unable to get refunds from the company that booked the trips.

“No one is telling us where we go from here,” said Lorraine Robert, whose son was set to go to Spain.

Robert told the newspaper that the trip cost $3,200, and that the company that provides trip insurance says cancellations must be made 30 days before departure to get refunds.

“Is the district going to cover the cost? Rebook the trip?” Robert said. “It’s a little disrespectful. That’s how I’m feeling right now.”

Refunds are handled by the travel company’s cancellation policy, school district spokesman Andrew Cluley said.


Information from: The Ann Arbor News, https://www.mlive.com/ann-arbor

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