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Dozens Of California Students And Parents On A Summer Trip To Afghanistan Are Reportedly Stranded

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Kendall Tietz on August 25, 2021

  • Dozens of California students and parents are reportedly stranded in Afghanistan after visiting the country on a summer vacation, the Los Angeles Times reported.

 

  • At least 24 students and 16 parents from a school district in El Cajon, California, traveled to the country on a summer trip and are now waiting to leave along with thousands of others following Afghanistan’s fall to the Taliban, the LA Times reported. The students are reportedly from different schools within the district in eastern San Diego County.

 

  • Parents of students reached out to two liaisons of the FACE program “to hold their children’s spots in their classrooms while they were stranded in Afghanistan,” according to a media release from the school district obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation.

 

Dozens of California students and parents are reportedly stranded in Afghanistan after visiting the country on a summer vacation, the Los Angeles Times reported.

At least 24 students and 16 parents from a school district in El Cajon, California, traveled to the country on a summer trip and are now waiting to leave along with thousands of others following Afghanistan’s fall to the Taliban, the LA Times reported. The students are reportedly from different schools within the district in eastern San Diego County.

The superintendent of the Cajon Valley Union School District, David Miyashiro, said the families went to Afghanistan using special visas for U.S. military service, are considered allies by the Department of Defense and that the district has given government officials information to help them locate the stranded American travelers, the LA Times reported.

Mike Serban, is the head of the Family and Children Engagement (FACE) program and works with refugee families in the school district, was the first to find out about the stranded students and parents, the LA Times reported. He said he heard from families that they were worried their kids might lose their spots in school, so he reached out to Miyashiro about their concerns.

“Students and their parents who traveled to Afghanistan this summer to visit their extended family reached out to their community liaisons for assistance when the crisis in Afghanistan started,” the district’s release said.

Parents of students reached out to two liaisons of the FACE program “to hold their children’s spots in their classrooms while they were stranded in Afghanistan,” according to a media release from the school district obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation.

“The Cajon Valley Union School District Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Office that supports a global community of families has been in direct contact with their families and students stranded in Afghanistan,” the release said.

Miyashiro told school board members on Tuesday that he planned to meet with California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa about the situation, the LA Times reported.

“Congressman Issa and his staff are working diligently to determine the facts on the ground, any bureaucratic barriers that can be removed, and the best ways to help those stranded leave Afghanistan and return home safely,” Issa spokesman Jonathan Wilcox told the the LA Times. “We won’t stop until we have answers and action.”

Cajon Valley School Board member Jo Alegria said the families had plans to be back for the start of the school year on Aug. 17, but were unable to get on their scheduled flights back to the U.S., the LA Times reported. She said the district was helping students and parents get proper documentation to bring them home.

“The biggest concern is that the Taliban closed the airport,” Cajon Valley School Board President Tamara Otero told the LA Times. “We are so worried about our students that are stuck there. We’ll do the best we can to get them out.”

Serban and Issa did not immediately respond to requests for comment from the Daily Caller News Foundation. 

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