Toronto, Canada

Trips to the USA Banned

Student Trips Over the Border Blocked by Toronto School Board

March 24, 2017 - 6:01 am

(WBEN) - It's Canada's largest school board, with around 246,000 students in 584 schools. The Toronto District School Board announced Thursday it will not approve any new school trips to the U.S. citing uncertainty around who might be affected by President Trump's latest travel ban.

In a statement Toronto District School Board Director of Education, John Malloy, said that they faced what he called "a difficult choice."

The latest ban blocks travelers from six Muslim-majority countries. It does not apply to people who already have valid visas, including student and exchange visas, and doesn't apply to permanent, legal residents of the U.S.  This ban, like the first, is being challenged in courts in several states.  

However, the board says they don't wish to place their students into a stituation of potenitally being turned away from the border.

Toronto School Board chair Robin Pikey said "we're committed as a school board to equity, inclusiveness and fairness, and it's not appropriate that some students would not be able to attend based on their country of birth."

Malloy said in the statement "the TDSB remains committed to ensuring that fairness, equity, and inclusion are essential principles of our school system and are integrated into all our policies, programs, operations, and practices, including school trips."

Trips that have already been approved and booked, 24 according to several reports, will go foward as scheduled, however the board says the entire group will turn back if any student with proper documentation are turned away.

They say they'll watch the situation, and may re-visit the decision whenever they get new information.

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