Hilliard Schools D.C. trip back on after Discovery Tours fiasco

Hilliard parents are relieved to know the annual Washington D.C. trip is back on, but not without a catch.

Parents were contacted Thursday with the news that the trip is back on. The doubt happened after Discovery Tours failed to provide promised services to several schools across the state per Attorney General Mike DeWine.

A lawsuit has been filed against the company by DeWine’s office.

The new D.C. trip for Hiliard students is being organized by Prodigy Student Travel. The company says their mission is “to provide a safe tour and an educational experience for students.”

The company specializes in student trips to several cities including; Washington D.C., Niagara Falls, Orlando, and Pittsburgh.

The Hilliard Schools trip will take place from October 15-17 this year. This is one day shorter than the previously planned trip. The new cost for parents is $390 per student with a $100 deposit due by June 15 said the school district.

The new three-day trip includes:

  • round-trip ground transportation
  • two nights of hotel accommodations
  • seven meals, including a sit-down dinner
  • tours of Arlington National Cemetery and the U.S Capitol Building
  • visits to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and all of the major memorials, and more

A sample itinerary for the Washington D.C. trip can be found on the Prodigy Student Travel website here.

More details on the school trip are expected to be released on the school’s website.

The school district will also host a meeting on May 30 for parents to get more information and ask questions. The meetings are at Weaver at 6 p.m., Memorial at 7 p.m. and Heritage at 8 p.m.

ABC 6/FOX 28 will continue to follow how schools’ trips are being affected by Discovery Tours.

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