Follow Up: More Trip Cancelations


Noah Gilbert

Flags of Spanish speaking countries are hung in one of the Spanish rooms.

Noah Gilbert, Staff Writer

United States President Donald J. Trump, has suspended travel from all European countries to the U.S. “We will be suspending all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days. the new rules will go into effect Friday at midnight,” President Trump said in an address from the Oval Office. “These restrictions will be adjusted subject to conditions on the ground. There will be exemptions for Americans who have undergone appropriate screenings.” Trump added that this will effect all countries except for the United Kingdom.

On March 10, Spain reported 1,622 cases of Covid-19 and 35 related deaths. Also, all direct flights to Spain and Italy are canceled until March 11-26.

Spanish students planned on leaving for Spain the Friday before spring break. The trip was to start in Barcelona and end with a home stay in the suburbs of Madrid. “Its complete immersion onto the culture,” Spanish teacher Peggy Fox said. “We try to get involved into all parts of the culture, it’s a real world setting for learning.”

The decision to try and reschedule was made by Fox after she sent out a survey to families with options that included canceling and going anyway. The worry was not made in fear of students health but more fear over being quarantined in Spain.

Madison Herrin 20’ said she was upset she was missing out on an “incredible opportunity to learn about a different part of the world.”  And says she hopes that they will get to go at a later date to experience it still.

The new plan is to wait and try to reschedule for the summer.  “We really just have to see how this virus continues and when its contained and things get back to normal,” Fox said.

Choir students planned on leaving for Nashville late Wednesday, but due to the closing of event space and venues the trip was ultimately canceled.

In an email to students and their families superintendent Laura Kacer, announced the cancellation saying they where notified that 2 venues closed due to corona virus concerns. “These venue closures have altered the trip to the point that we are concerned for the safety of all of our travelers,” Kacer said in the email.

Vanderbilt University (VU) was a destination for the trip, but has closed until further notice. “Due to new information received today, and based on our desire to protect the health and safety of our community from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), I am cancelling all university classes for the remainder of this week,” Interim Chancellor and Provost of VU Susan Wente said in a statement that is on their university website.  

Kailee Shroyer ‘22 said the last minute cancelation was unexpected and abrupt. “The very last minute has put so much stress on me because I now have to prepare for test I didn’t think I would have to prepare for till after break,” she said.

Hannah Ryan and Samantha Robilliard where not available for comment.