The largest school district in Canada has canceled all future trips to the U.S.A. over fears that some of its students may be impacted by President Donald Trump’s travel order putting a temporary moratorium on travel from a list of terror-prone countries.
The Toronto School District announced its new policy on March 23 saying that no student or staff trips would be planned for the U.S. until further notice.
School officials made the decision despite the fact that Canada is not on the list of seven countries adopted by the Trump administration as dangerous due to rampant terrorism and deeply entrenched terror networks.
“We strongly believe that our students should not be placed into these situations of potentially being turned away at the border,” Toronto School District Director of Education John Malloy said in a statement released on Thursday.
The district did allow that all the trips already planned will go ahead as intended, but that future trips are on hold.
“We do not make this decision lightly, but given the uncertainty of these new travel restrictions and when they may come into effect, if at all, we strongly believe that our students should not be placed into these situations of potentially being turned away at the border,” the statement reads. “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.”