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Canadian school trips to the USA: No more

As first reported by CNN, Canada’s largest school system announced it will no longer allow student or staff trips to the US, citing uncertainty over the travel ban.

Toronto District School Board expressed concern over how the US immigration policy could affect students on school trips.
“We strongly believe that our students should not be placed into these situations of potentially being turned away at the border,” the board’s director of education, John Malloy, said in a statement.

The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) is the largest and one of the most diverse school boards in Canada. They  serve approximately 246,000 students in 584 schools throughout Toronto, and more than 160,000 life-long learners in our Adult and Continuing Education programs

With over 40% of our graduates ranking as Ontario Scholars, more than 80% of our graduates go on to university or college.

Under the US travel ban, citizens from six different Muslim-majority countries may not be allowed in the US under certain circumstances. The ban affects people outside of those six countries as well, since citizens from those countries could be living elsewhere, like Canada.
The ongoing predicament left the Toronto District School Board with what it called a “difficult choice.”
The board decided that the 24 pre-approved trips to the US would continue, but it will not permit new ones.
The board serves 246,000 students in 584 schools throughout Toronto.
Its decision is similar to one made earlier this month by the Girl Guides of Canada, which is a Canadian version of the Girl Scouts.
The Girl Guides had announced it would no longer authorize trips to the United States and that it would avoid connecting flights through the country.
The group had called it a “very difficult decision to make,” in a notice that didn’t specifically mention Trump’s travel ban, but the message directly referred to the current immigration situation.
“While the United States is a frequent destination for Guiding trips, the ability of all our members to equally enter this country is currently uncertain,” its statement read.
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