School trips head to DC despite government shut down

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Many Hoosiers are changing fall break travel plans due to the government shut down.  Schools with plans to travel to Washington, DC are either canceling or altering activities. Families who planned to visit national parks are changing plans, as well.

Eastwood Middle School in Washington Township  is one of several central Indiana schools with class trips to the Capitol planned during the next couple of weeks. They are going next week, but with a changed itinerary.

The same goes for Hagerstown Junior/Senior High School in Wayne County near Richmond. They are leaving this morning for a weekend trip.

They were planning on seeing all of the usual attractions, including all of the monuments, museums - including the Smithsonian.  They know they'll be able to see some things, but not as much as they had planned. The trip has been in the works for a year with about 200 kids boarding buses this morning.

Leslie Shepherd-Rogers sends off her daughter today. She said she's disappointed to not be able to go to all of the places that were researched. "As a parent, I'm nervous," Leslie said. "My guard's going to be up--checking the sites, and hoping that they have a good time with what we do get to see."

Parents now have the added concern with the events on Capitol Hill Thursday. While the shooting may be an isolated incident, it is still a concern.