Detroit Lakes High School's April choir trip to New York City has been canceled.
"Right now, as far as April is concerned ... the April (trip) has been canceled," school Superintendent Doug Froke said Friday, March 13.
On Monday, Froke told the Detroit Lakes School Board that the group's travel consultant for the trip had informed them their money was 100% nonrefundable.
That may change, Froke said Friday: In communicating with the travel consultant, the school has found that some things are refundable.
"Things are happening really fast and things are changing really fast," Froke said Friday. Postponing the trip to a later date has been discussed, but there were no specifics as of Friday.
Detroit Lakes Public Schools were not in session on Friday, March 13, for a planned school holiday.
On Saturday, Detroit Lakes High School Vocal Music Director Kathryn Larson sent out a letter to DLHS choir students and their parents to provide details regarding why the April 5-11 trip had been called off.
"This decision was made for the safety and well-being of our students and was also based upon the many precautionary measures being taken by businesses and other entities in the city of New York, such as the closure of all Broadway shows, museums, and other educational venues," she wrote.
"We are currently in negotiations with all of our vendors regarding the financial ramifications of this decision. We will provide you with all of the details regarding the outcomes of the negotiations once they have been resolved. We are very hopeful that financial matters will be resolved in a fair and just manner and we are diligently working towards that goal.
"Assuming it will be safe to travel, we would like to ask you to be open to exploring the possibility of taking our DLHS Choir trip at a later date this spring or summer. ... In the near future you will receive notification regarding an interest meeting (time and place to be announced) that will discuss the possibility of future trip options."
Larson also urged parents and students to contact her with any questions or concerns they might have, either by phone at 218-847-4491, Ext. 2540, or by email, email@example.com.
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