Hurricane Sandy sees Street school's New York trip cancelled
Currently wreaking havoc across the east coast of the US, Hurricane Sandy was also responsible for shattering the excitement of 40 pupils from Crispin School in Street this week.
The children were due to head to New York as part of a school trip, but were told on Sunday night that the trip had been cancelled.
Head teacher Paul James said that although he was disappointed for the staff and pupils, after seeing photographs of the damage caused by the storm, he was glad the trip had not been able to go ahead.
“Unfortunately, this was a decision that was out of the school’s hands,” he said.
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“There were no flights going into or out of New York.
“But with winds reaching 85 mph and 350,000 people being evacuated out of New York, I am just pleased that none of our pupils are there, and in danger.”
Hurricane Sandy forced the shutdown of transport networks, schools and financial markets in New York City and beyond, sending coastal residents fleeing for higher ground, and creating a dangerous mix of high winds, heavy rain and a surging 11ft wall of water.
Mr James said that travel insurance would pay for the cost of the cancellations, so while the children had missed out on their trip, they should at least get their money back.
The school is on half-term at the moment, and Mr James said he hoped that once it opens its doors for the new half, they will know if the trip can be rescheduled.
“I know that a lot of people were left disappointed,” he said.
“But our children and the staff are all safe, and that is what is most important to me.
“We will try to come up with something to make it up to them.”