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NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) -- More than just government workers will feel the impact of the federal government's partial shutdown. Students at New Albany/Floyd County middle schools are scheduled to take a trip to Washington, D.C. starting this weekend.
Highland Hills, Hazelwood, and Scribner Middle Schools are all scheduled to have students attend the trip. Officials say they usually take tours of places like the Capitol building and museums, but if things do not change, their plans will have to.
New Albany/Floyd County School officials would not talk on camera, but say they want to let parents know the trip is on. They said principals are getting the word out via social media.
"Our 8th grade Washington DC trip will be going as planned. The government shutdown will have a minimal impact on the trip. Our travel company is currently tweaking the itinerary. We look forward to a very educational and enjoyable experience for our 8th graders!"
"FYI: Despite the recent Government shutdown, The Washington D.C. trip is still "On". The schedule will be adjusted if necessary."
Erica, a Highland Hills parent writes:
"What else is there to see and do? And what does tweaking the itinerary actually mean?"
Another HHMS parent, Marci, writes:
"I'm sure we won't be refunded for the sites the kids won't get to see. I understand that they are making "adjustments" but these kids have been looking forward to their destinations."
"There is no reason for them to be shut down really wasting money to barricade these monuments."
Officials say they will be attending private museums which are also traditional stops on the trip. Rhonda Mull, Director of Middle School Education for NAFCS, said it would "be ideal" if things change before the trip later this week.