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FMS students have opportunity to visit Washington DC, Mount Vernon

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Arlington National Cemetery will be one of the stops for Fairfield Middle School students who paticipate in a World Classrooms trip to Washington, D.C., and Mount Vernon in 2021.
VICKI TILLIS/Ledger photo Arlington National Cemetery will be one of the stops for Fairfield Middle School students who paticipate in a World Classrooms trip to Washington, D.C., and Mount Vernon in 2021.

Fairfield Community School District’s fifth and sixth-graders from the 2019-20 school year will have an opportunity to visit Washington, D.C., and Mount Vernon during the summer of 2021.

Fairfield Middle School Principal Laura Atwood explained to the Fairfield Community School District Board of Directors Monday that FMS is working with World Classrooms of Aberdeen, South Dakota.

According to Atwood, this is a new venture for FMS.

“This is the first time we have worked with an outside company to offer something like this to our students,” she said.

Atwood explained World Classrooms is making the trip available to the students, and no district funds will be spent.

“They [World Classrooms] do all the work,” she said. “They just need some staff members to go because they know the kids.”

Information provided by World Classrooms states that the school board’s endorsement of the trip does not in any way place the district, the school or its personnel under any liability for the safety of the tour participants. It also states chaperones — teachers and school staff — and travelers will not be participating as representatives or employees of the school. When a student signs up for a tour, his or her parent or legal guardian signs a binding contract specifically releasing anyone associated with the school from any and all claims.

The trip is planned July 27-30, 2021.

The price is set to be $1,789, with monthly installments of $86 paid to World Classrooms. The fee covers all air and coach transportation, all meals, hotels, night security, emergency support; tour directors, supplemental insurance, admission fees and gratuities and guided tours.

Highlights of the trip are to include: a U.S. Capitol tour, visits to the Holocaust Memorial Museum, Arlington National Cemetery, Smithsonian museums, many memorials, George Washington’s Mount Vernon home and more.

Information about the trip will be sent to parents before an informational meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 17.