Note: This story was updated at 5:35 p.m. March 15.
Oak Ridge Schools has cancelaed an elementary school Safety Patrol trip to Washington, D.C., but the Oak Ridge High School winter guard and percussion trip to Suwanee, Georgia, is still scheduled to occur.
Update: The WGI has canceled all future events, and the ORHS Indoor Percussion will not be traveling to Georgia. But they did perform at the Oak Ridge Civic Center on Friday. It’s not clear if the status of the band and orchestra trip mentioned below has changed.
Regarding another trip, the Oak Ridge Board of Education did not vote in a meeting on Wednesday to cancel the ORHS band and orchestra trip to New York City at this time. But school officials plan to keep monitoring conditions in New York City.
The school board was considering the status of the trips because of concerns about COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus.
“We recognize the dynamic nature of the situation, and in an abundance of caution, decided to cancel the March Safety Patrol trip to Washington, D.C.,” Oak Ridge Schools said in a press release. “However, steps are being taken to potentially reschedule this trip for later this year.”
The COVID-19 outbreak was first reported in Wuhan, China, in December. Since then, it has spread to more than 100 countries; infected more than 100,000 people, including more than 1,000 in the United States; and killed more than 4,000 people globally. Nine people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Tennessee.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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