Board of Education in Baltimore County cancels student trips

November 07, 2001|By Stephanie Desmon | Stephanie Desmon,SUN STAFF

Students in Baltimore County schools will not be allowed to take overseas field trips this academic year, school board members decided last night.

Trips to places such as Spain, Italy and Ireland are canceled, as fears stemming from the recent terrorist attacks outweighed the desire to give what members acknowledged were valuable educational experiences to middle and high school students.

The vote was 8-4, with members John A. Hayden III, Warren C. Hayman, Jean M.H. Jung and Sanford V. Teplitzky dissenting. Those four wanted the board to instead look at each trip on a case-by-case basis.

"The travel experiences, I think, are incredibly valuable to our students," Teplitzky said. "To automatically cancel them, I think, would be inappropriate."

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