The Simcoe Muskoka District School Board has updated their best practices for students on school trips.

Today, charges were laid in the drowning death of a Toronto student.  Jeremiah Perry died last July in Algonquin Park.  He was not wearing a life jacket when he went into the water for a bath.

He, along with 15 other students on the same trip had failed a swimming test prior to the trip.

The My Muskoka Now newsroom called the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board to see if this news would affect local schools from going on field trips in the future.

Pauline Stevenson, the media contact with the SMCD says extensive work has already been done establishing best practices for student safety on field trips.

When asked if she felt the teachers in her board might be more resistant to leading field trips because of possible liability issues, she said she couldn’t speak for the teachers, but said, “we have a field trip policy that teachers should feel comfortable with.”

Stevenson says the fact that a teacher in another school board has been charged with criminal negligence causing death does not affect the SMCD’s view of field trips. She says they are an important part of the curriculum.

My Muskoka Now also reached out to the Trillium Lakeland District School Board but has not yet received a response.