The education minister of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, Caroline Désir, believes that the spread of the coronavirus in Europe still does not justify banning school trips to Italy, La Dernière Heure reported on Wednesday.
If some schools have taken the decision to cancel school trips to Italy as a precaution, a cancellation of all such visits is as yet not on the agenda.
Désir explained that she is watching the situation closely and is in touch with the foreign affairs ministry. According to her, the situation does not yet call for a travel ban.
"According to the ministry of foreign affairs, the situation at this stage does not justify a general ban on school trips to Italy. Every education authority must on the other hand scrupulously follow the recommendations of the Belgian Foreign Ministry and their day-to-day changes, depending on the area in which the school trip is to take place," she explains.
The minister furthermore envisages working on a way to keep schools under the Wallonia-Brussels Federation's jurisdiction informed of the latest decisions made on the subject.
The Brussels Times