In a letter to Morris Area High School Band and Choir students on Friday night, Morris Schools Superintendent Troy Ferguson stated that “it is not safe for Morris Area students and staff to travel to New Orleans next week.” And with that, the Morris School District cancelled the planned 5-day trip to Memphis and New Orleans that was scheduled to depart via bus on March 18. The groups were to perform in venues down there and take in some of the sights. An extended band and choir trip is planned every two years.
Ferguson cited the emergency proclamation for the state of Louisiana that was signed Friday by Governor John Bel Edwards. New Orleans leads the state with 23 cases of coronavirus. “I understand this is a great disappointment to all of you who have worked so hard and looked forward to this event,” wrote Ferguson. “The decision was not taken lightly. In the end, though, the safety, well being and security of our students is our number one priority.” New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell issued her own state of emergency for the city.
Ferguson said the District is working with the travel company to secure refunds.