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School field trips to be allowed again in mid-March

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Students in grade school and high school will be allowed to go on field trips again from 15 March onwards, provided a few conditions are met.

Extracurricular trips must be day-trips only, with a risk analysis conducted in advance, and students will have to provide their own transportation.

The classroom bubble must also be respected as much as possible, and the trip cannot involve contact with other people, reports De Standaard.

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“It’s about pedagogical excursions, where pupils also learn a lot,” head of community education Raymonda Verdyck told Radio 1, adding that bringing back field trips would also have a motivational effect for students.

“We have to encourage children and young people, and excursions are really necessary for that,” agreed Flemish Education Minister Ben Weyts. “We will also encourage schools to organize excursions.”

Weyts expects the news to be welcome within the culture sector, which offers many of the most common destinations for school field trips.

Helen Lyons
The Brussels Times