British schools warned against taking trips to France as state of emergency continues

The Mirror is reporting that British schools planning to take groups on children on trips to France between now and Sunday have been advised not to do so.

The Foreign Office issued the guidance in line with that of the French Ministry of Education.

It comes as the country remains in a state of emergency following the terror attacks in Paris on Friday. 

It said: “As part of the national state of emergency, the French Ministry of Education has cancelled all school trips within France by French schools until Sunday.

“This includes excursions to cultural sites (theatres, museums, etc) and travel by school groups on public transport.

“These cancellations don’t specifically include foreign school parties, but the French Ministry of Education has advised foreign school groups to avoid travelling to France until after 22 November.

“The Foreign and Commonwealth Office recommends that British schools planning to take groups to France between now and 22 November follow the French Ministry of Education’s advice not to travel. 

“The French Ministry of Education has advised that school trips already under way in France may continue as originally planned…”

More at: Paris terror attacks: British schools warned against taking trips to France as state of emergency continues

 

The full article gives an example of a school that has just cancelled two imminent trips and captures the dilemma: children want to go and not doing so could be seen as given in to terrorists, but parents and staff are worried about safety issues.

What’s happening at your/your child’s school and will the impact last longer than the current guidance which is just to avoid trips to Paris for the next few days?

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