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Nfld. & Labrador, Mar 10 (Canadian-Media): Newfoundland and Labrador English School District (NLESD) approved travel to European countries, including a total of of 17 trips and about 475 students and chaperones, has been cancelled in wake of the safety concerns associated with the COVID-19 outbreak, media reports said.
Approximately 65,000 students, over 8,000 employees & 255 schools are represented by NLESD.
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"This decision is not taken lightly," said Tony Stack, CEO of the district.
"This precautionary measure is designed to reduce the risk of having students exposed to the virus, or being quarantined in a foreign country, or upon their return to Canada. It's just not a risk we are willing to take."
Cancellation of a trip up to 24 hours before departure, could be done by the district authorities, if it's to a country considered to be a risk related to the novel coronavirus.
However, if a trip to a country without formal risk declaration relating to the virus, "there is no guarantee travel insurance purchased by parents will be honoured — regardless of whether the district cancels the trip," reads the statement.