School Trips

Thursday 2nd April 2020

With the outbreak of COVID-19 now worldwide, our planned national and international school trips, due to take place before August, will not run. As a school, we must follow Local Authority, Government and Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice. At present, the FCO have advised British nationals against all but essential travel for 30 days, which takes us up to 16th April 2020. This date is under daily review and is likely to be extended.

Scottish Government advice since mid-March has also advised the cancellation of overseas school trips.

At Lasswade, we have been communicating regularly with trip leaders and travel companies to clarify for students, families and staff, the status of our school trips. At this stage, we are working with Midlothian Council and travel companies to look into postponing and/or cancelling all of our upcoming trips. Refunds and insurance claims are currently being investigated.

Whilst cancelling trips is disappointing to all who have looked forward to these experiences for such a long time, we are sure everyone will understand the importance of following FCO and Scottish Government guidance in relation to COVID-19 and travel in order to protect our students, staff and others.

At present, no further payments should be made towards any school trip. Further information will be issued to students and families, as soon as it is available, about specific trip details, refunds and any further action required.

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