Dear Westmount Parents/Guardians,

The Westmount Charter Board believes in the educational value of international travel and that the safety of our students and staff is of highest importance.

Recent health events across the globe surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) including the message from the World Health Organization today to declare COVID-19 a pandemic, caused us to take time to reflect on trips outside of Canada.

Given current travel advisories and the changes in public health information continuously released, the Westmount Charter Board passed a motion at a special meeting held this evening to cancel the proposed trip to New York City during the spring break. We know that students looked forward to this trip and many worked hard to acquire the financial resources to participate. Our top priority is the safety of students and staff. This was an extremely difficult decision, and one we did not make lightly.

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