Brandon school trip to Paris cancelled in wake of November attacks

The Brandon School Division has put the brakes on a field trip that was to stop in Paris next month.

Brandon students will instead spend 9 days in Spain

About 20 Brandon high school students were to head to Paris and Spain on a field trip next month. They will now spend the entire trip in Spain. (Reuters/Benoit Tessier )

The Brandon School Division has put the brakes on a field trip that was to stop in Paris next month.

The division made the call in the wake of militant attacks in the French capital in November, assistant superintendent Greg Malazdrewicz said.

"We decided that given the state of emergency that was still in place, that we felt it was prudent on our part to revisit the trip and see if we could explore some alternatives," Malazdrewicz said on Thursday. 

More than 20 students were to depart next month for a nine day architectural tour through Paris and Spain, he said. The Paris portion of the trip was cancelled and students will now spend the whole time in Spain. 

The high school trip was initially approved in March 2015 and Malazdrewicz said the decision to pull the Paris leg was made during a regular pre-trip review by administration. 

The federal government advises Canadians to exercise a high degree of caution when travelling to France. 

"The fact that we are still within a six or so month window [of the Paris attacks], we felt there hasn't been adequate time for things to settle," he said. "And just feel that it would be wise on our part to look at some alternatives."

Some parents didn't feel that there should be concern with going to Paris, but organizers in the end are happy with the new itinerary, he said.

"We just felt in this situation, given the circumstances … that it was prudent to make the changes," he said.

Malazdrewicz said the division still supports international travel, but it has to be done with safety in mind. 

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