Posted: 19 November 2015
Following the tragic events of the weekend and subsequent updates from the French Government, we want to reassure all our clients about their forthcoming trip.
It is completely natural that these events and the media coverage since Friday will cause many parents concern. Our job is to ensure, wherever possible, that you and the school can keep the parents informed of the facts. We firmly believe that your trip will be unaffected by the current events, given the time lag.
As a company Club Europe follows the advice from The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) travel advice pages. They are updated daily and advice can also be found on their twitter feed. Here is the latest that has been posted for France (as of 19th November):
As part of the national state of emergency, the French Ministry of Education has cancelled all school trips within France by French schools until Sunday 22 November. This includes excursions to cultural sites (theatres, museums, etc) and travel by school groups on public transport. These cancellations don’t specifically include foreign school parties, but the French Ministry of Education has advised foreign school groups to avoid travelling to France until *after 22nd November.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office recommends that British schools planning to take groups to France between now and 22nd November follow the French Ministry of Education’s advice not to travel. The French Ministry of Education has advised that school trips already under way in France may continue as originally planned.
As you can see this is advice for the very near future and we have no groups travelling to France until 2016.
We will update our Twitter feeds as and when we receive updates from the FCO and other bodies such as ABTA and the School Travel Forum.
If you would like to speak our Managing Director Tim Johnson, he is more than happy to help. His direct line is +44 208 772 6446.
These are very challenging times but we believe the stance shown by France and Europe as a whole is to carry on as close to normal as possible, whilst ensuring we follow guidance from the experts.*
Anthony Chew, Head of Music, Darwen Aldridge Community Academy, Lancashire.
Jane Werry, Head of Music, Hayes School, Kent.
James Williams, Llandovery College, Carmarthenshire.