Howard County schools Superintendent Michael Martirano has canceled all out-of-state field trips and athletic events due to concerns related to coronavirus, the school system announced Tuesday afternoon.
All of Howard’s out-of-state field trips and athletic events, including those in Washington, D.C., are canceled through the end of the school year. All official out-of-state travel for school system employees also is canceled.
Already-approved in-state field trips are being reassessed on a case-by-case basis. Families will be notified of any changes by Thursday. All in-state athletic travel will continue as planned.
“The decision to cancel out-of-state field trips was made out of an abundance of caution to minimize risk to [Howard County Public School System] students, staff and families,” Martirano said in a statement.
“This decision alone cannot completely eliminate the risk of exposure to this virus, so I remind all Howard County citizens to increase personal precautions and practice the healthy habits recommended by the Howard County Health Department.”