Travel

I just received a message from my school district saying all field trips involving air travel or to NYC, DC, or Canada are now cancelled. How many of you have the same problem?

We haven’t had any restrictions imposed on our travel plans by our school board. As far as we know, we will be travelling the same way as we did last year: by bus to the Great Lakes Regional and by plane to Florida.

Personally, I don’t think that restricting travel is exactly the best course of action right now, especially as airlines and other related businesses struggle to return to ‘normal’.

Anthony.

Yeah, and it might limit attendance for your Canadian Regional, too. My team might not attend now that we have these restrictions.

Being from the New York City area… heh…

Honestly, I haven’t heard anything from our school district about cancelling field trips in the wake of the tragedies. However, since one overnight field trip to, ironically, Manhattan, went horribly, horribly wrong, our school board is extremely stringent in meting out any overnight field trips. (The Nationals trip last year was one of three that were allowed, and only under strict supervision.)

Yeah. From my district, however, that’s pretty harsh. We usually send at least three overseas Spring Break trips, FIRST nationals for two teams, and numerous other overnight trips. Canada is also a major destination for field trips. Definitely a MAJOR reaction, considering it was coming from Rochester Schools.

All i have to say is that the worst thing we can do right now is change the way we live our lives.

I don’t understand the point, as a school board, of limiting where your organizations can travel to. Parents still have to willingly send their children to these locations, and if they are worried about traveling to NYC or by air, they can choose not to send their children. It should be up to organizations (in our case, FIRST teams) to decide where they want to travel to as a team – and if enough people on the team do not want to fly, they can choose something else.

Our team was briefly considering the option of traveling by plane to a distant regional, and this was one of the issues we discussed. Ultimately we decided to do two drivable regionals for cost reasons, not for safety reasons… But this is something a team should have the ability to decide on, not a school.

Patrick

My thoughts exactly. Unfortunately, the administration and I don’t see eye-to-eye on that matter.

Well, I don’t know what the school down here has said about the trip, I haven’t seen any of the students since before the tragedy. I don’t think we will have a problem though because we aren’t leaving our state. I do know that the school board does not allow swimming on school trips. I was shocked when the students told me that.

Basically, this all boils down to people being silly. There is no rational reason to be afraid of air travel at the moment (or at any time). Guess what? It’s still a lot safer than traveling by car (or by bus). But something big and nasty happened with airplanes and because of that people got scared. And when you’re scared you don’t do things that make sense. Like refuse to allow students to travel by air on a field trip. These things don’t make sense and in the long run they’ll probably go away. This is just people overreacting.

Matt

I think with all the anxiety that’s been going around, people are just plain scared about things that normally wouldn’t have bothered them at all. The airlines have been particularly hit hard by all this because of their indirect involvement in last month’s tragedy. But seriously, we need to regain confidence in the airlines and acknowledge that they are indeed safe. Preventing field trips or travel by air just works against that.

About the swimming thing, most school districts have that rule but a lot of teachers don’t enforce it. I know in South Florida the schools do allow swimming if you have the students sign a bunch of extra forms. The teacher here in Atlanta let her kids swim without that last year.

We haven’t heard of any restriction yet from the Atlanta schools and hopefully we won’t since that would create more problems then we want to deal with right now.

Well it’s been official the Rochester City School Board had prohibited any air travel for any school event for the rest of the school year.

I don’t think this is logical to try to return to normalcy but as they put it safety first. So our Rochester City teams will have to figure out a different way to travel. It’s also going against our corporate policy of finding the most efficient traveling method too.

So if anybody from the other Rochester, NY teams hear of this what are you team’s response to this?

Ellery
-Team # 191 X-CATS - Leadership committee

*Originally posted by Ellery *
**Well it’s been official the Rochester City School Board had prohibited any air travel for any school event for the rest of the school year.

I don’t think this is logical to try to return to normalcy but as they put it safety first. So our Rochester City teams will have to figure out a different way to travel. It’s also going against our corporate policy of finding the most efficient traveling method too.

So if anybody from the other Rochester, NY teams hear of this what are you team’s response to this?

Ellery
-Team # 191 X-CATS - Leadership committee **

Our response is no response as we don’t qualify to go to nationals anyway. Too bad you guys can’t travel either.

Matt

We got our approval last night to go to the NASA Kennedy Space Center Regional. Our School Board didn’t even question/discuss our decision to attend this regional, they just approved it.:smiley:

We don’t have to ask our school baord to come, they ask if there is room for them to come. Our school sees the FIRST team at our school as something that is saving our commmunity. I’m from an inner city school distric that doesn’t meet but only one state requirmen, but yet they give our program money to operate on with help through Delphi Automotive Systems. So, our school system and board encourages us to travel and bring back expirences that most if not all of us would never have otherwise.

          Shelley