COVID-19: Decision on N.S. schools travelling internationally may come in next 48 hours, minister says

Nova Scotia’s education minister said on Tuesday that a decision on whether to prohibit international travel for the province’s schools will come in the next 48 hours.

Until now, Zach Churchill has said travel companies, parents and school communities are best positioned to make decisions about travel plans for March break.

But that may change as Regional Centres for Education meet with school principals to discuss travel amid mounting concern over the outbreak of the novel coronavirus throughout Asia and part of Europe.

“We want to make sure we get the feedback from the frontlines before we make a final decision,” said Churchill.

Over the weekend, the only elected school board in Nova Scotia — Conseil Scolaire Acadien Provincial (CSAP) — withdrew approval of school trips to Europe.

The French school board said the safety of their students was the leading factor in the decision.

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