(Posted Oct. 15, 2020)
By Josephine Birdsell, Staff Writer
The London school board approved field trips for the spring term at their regularly scheduled meeting on Oct. 13.
The board approved student trips to Washington D.C. from May 11 to May 14 for this year’s eighth-graders and freshmen. The district also approved overnight field trips to Camp Nuhop Outdoor Education Center from March 22 to March 24 for this year’s seventh-graders and from March 24 to March 26 for this year’s sixth-graders.
Field trips to Washington D.C. and Camp Nuhop that were cancelled in spring 2020 were rescheduled for spring 2021.
Approving field trips now is “a bit of wishful thinking,” said Lou Kramer, superintendent.
Approving field trips allows the district to hold its place on tours, hotels and the like, he said. The district will reevaluate the likelihood and safety of potential field trips in January. If necessary, the trips can be cancelled at that time without financial losses.
If the board has to cancel rescheduled field trips again in the spring due to the ongoing pandemic, they will consider whether or not to reschedule the trips again.
“When we postponed those (trips) in the spring, we put a priority on providing those experiences to kids. I think if we have to put them off for over a year, we may have to reevaluate and get some opinions from parents and students as to whether or not those (trips) would be worthwhile,” Kramer said.
In other news, the district is continuing with their restart plan to bring all students back to in-person classes. All students who did not opt in to online courses will begin fully in-person on Oct. 19.
So far, 20 students in the district have opted to move online rather than return to in-person classes. The district can accommodate those students without reallocating teacher resources, Kramer said.
“I’d like to thank the administration for the plan to bring students back on campus. I know it’s involved a lot of work. I really applaud the efforts of the district, of what we’ve been able to accomplish,” said Darryl Brown, school board president.