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SHARON HIGH SCHOOL Officials nix Science Club's trip to Washington, D.C.



Published: Sat, February 22, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



SHARON, Pa. -- A proposed Sharon High School Science Club trip to Washington, D.C., has been scrubbed.

Dr. Donna DeBonis, superintendent, said heightened security on the national scene was a factor in deciding to pick an alternative site.

The trip would have involved 40 pupils and five chaperones April 5 and 6.

It came up at a Sharon City School Board work session last week but wasn't put on Tuesday's regular meeting agenda for approval.

Principal Sheila Schneider said the decision was made to seek an alternate destination for the annual trip, after a meeting between administrators and the science club adviser.

Expressed concerns

Board members had expressed concern about student trips last week, noting some parents have a safety concern about allowing their children to participate in the wake of repeated warnings of possible terrorist attacks in the United States, particularly in the New York City and Washington, D.C., areas.

Although field trips can be an important part of the educational process, the district needs to develop a strategy to make sure that those who take such trips are protected both physically and financially, said Dom Russo, a board member.

If a trip has to be canceled for security reasons, participants should be able to get their money back, he said.

Meanwhile, the board did approve a field trip to Niagara Falls, Canada, for Case Avenue Elementary School sixth-graders May 22 and 23.




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