A spring break trip to Italy has hit a roadblock for a group of Northern Virginia students.
About 15 families with students who attend W.T. Woodson High School have plans to visit Italy in just two weeks.
The trip, which was not endorsed by the Fairfax Country Public School system, was to be chaperoned by a teacher at Woodson High School.
Parents say they learned several days ago that the teacher who offered to chaperone the trip would no longer be able to do so.
The trip was organized in conjunction with an educational tour company named "Explorica".
Parent Peter McAuliffe told WUSA9 the group has been able to find two new adult chaperones to take the place of the old one. However, he said he has run into an issue with Explorica under the current organizational set up.
"It isn't the tour that we signed up for," McAuliffe said. "We signed up for something different."
He said with the chaperone changes, and all of the other issues that the trip has recently run into, his son would like to withdraw from the event. McAuliffe said they want a refund of the $3,000 they invested into the trip.
"These are extenuating circumstances and they're beyond our ability to control," he said of the situation.
So far, Explorica has not told McAuliffe whether it will provide his family with a refund to the trip. Explorica's Senior VP of Sales, Richard Beekman, sent WUSA9 the following statement regarding the status of the trip.
"Late last week we were informed that a chaperone for this trip had to cancel his tour, two weeks before the tour was set to depart. We worked with the group to find alternates, and began the process of signing them up for the tour on Friday. We were unable to confirm the flights with the airlines over the weekend and hope to have more information in the next 24-48 hours. At this point we do not know whether any additional costs will apply."