Canadian Press - Schools across Canada are grappling with the uncertainty of U.S. travel restrictions and how that affects upcoming student trips across the border.
A travel ban instituted by President Donald Trump on citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries and Syrian refugees may be on hold as it works its way through the U.S. justice system, but Canadian schools remain concerned with how foreign-born students will be treated at the border.
Jim Cambridge, superintendent of the Sooke School District in British Columbia, said there are a number of trips planned for sports, music and educational purposes in the coming months that are being reconsidered.
While the refugee population among students in the Vancouver Island district is small, Cambridge said the board must make a decision based on safety and also ethical considerations.
One of the board's concerns is fairness to students who may not be allowed to cross the border, he said.
if specific trips may not involve students affected by the ban,
Cambridge said the board will have to decide whether to take a stance on
the ban anyway, recognizing there are students within the district who
are being discriminated against due to new U.S. travel policies.