October 02, 2001, Tuesday
School trips in question since terrorist attacks; Parents' choice to assess risk, board member says
BYLINE: Eric Eyre
SECTION: News; Pg. P1A
LENGTH: 619 words
They planned to visit museums, attend a baseball game, ride a ferry, watch a musical and eat at a trendy restaurant.
But they planned to
do all those things in
"The class sponsor came to me this morning," said Piedmont Principal Steve Knighton. "Our intent is to have a meeting with parents to see if it's even feasible to consider going."
Since the Sept. 11
School officials plan to discuss student field trips and class trips with principals at a Wednesday meeting. Next week, school board members plan to discuss the trips at a curriculum meeting.
"It's really a local call. It's up to the parents," said school board member Cheryle Hall. "I will not curtail any student travel. That's hurting our country more than helping it."
Across the country, some school boards have banned out-of-state and overseas trips by students for the rest of the year. Other school districts have outlawed school-sponsored trips that involve air travel to any destination.
At high schools,
students studying foreign languages often travel with teachers to
"Everybody is on alert right now," Corbett said. "Obviously, it will depend on what our next move is, whether we retaliate."
But Lt. Col. Fred
Chance, the school's ROTC instructor, said students plan to visit other
attractions in the nation's capital: the Smithsonian Institution, National Air
"The sooner we get back to normal, the better off we're going to be," Chance said. "We're going. We're pressing on."
"I'm sure [the terrorist attacks] will have a dampening effect on it," Sentelle said. "They're pondering these trips more closely."
At Piedmont, Knighton
hopes parents don't cancel plans for the trip to
Thirty students signed up to go this spring.
Valerie Ponder plans
to serve as a chaperone. She wants to go to
"I don't feel children should be totally sheltered from the tragedy," Ponder said. "I don't want them to run in fear."
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