Protection for school trips (and others)

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Don’t holiday in term time. unless it is a school planned trip.

Today the CAA, the body that oversees the ATOL bonding system has issued a timely reminder to schools and parents about the problems involved in school trips.

With just about all schools open after the summer holidays it isn’t unusual for schools to start planning sports and educational.

The CAA advises both schools and parents to check that any school trips involving air travel, booked for the coming academic year, are fully protected by the ATOL scheme.

For example, if a ski trip is organised and it is by coach or train then ATOL protection will not cover students. Only if a flight is a part of the holiday package will students be protected.

But it isn’t only schools that should consider trips. Sports clubs will organise things like rugby, bowls or cricket trips. Social clubs will organise outings to West End Shows or wine trips in France and local interest groups might plan explorations to areas that are close to their hearts.

But would they be covered?

ATOL isn’t the only bonding system but it is the most widely known. Check with your tour operator to see what cover is available. If there is none talk to an insurance company or a broker about what insurance there might be and at what cost. And check to see if any members of the party school trip or otherwise might be on an annual travel insurance policy.

It could well give peace of mind down the line if the unfortunate happens and your tour operator, coach company, airline or whatever goes bust

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