School officials said the students landed shortly after the earthquake and tsunami waves hit. Three staff members with the group, who are visiting Japan as part of their digital media studies, are also safe.
Victoria Miles is the Communications Manager for the North Vancouver School District. She said Friday that the school group is resting but that the students are very concerned about their sister school in Japan.
“Our students are concerned about students that they’ve met from Japanese delegations,” Miles said.
“There have been literally waves of concern I think going out, just confirming that people are well and they are safe no matter where they are in Japan.”
Miles said school officials are discussing when the students should come back.
Flights cancelled, alerted
Many airlines, including Air Canada, cancelled flights to Tokyo on Friday.
A spokesman for Air Canada said flights from Toronto and Vancouver had to be cancelled because Narita International Airport in Tokyo is closed. The airline normally runs one flight a day from each city.
The spokesman for Air Canada said the Montreal-based airline is monitoring the situation before it decides whether to cancel further flights in the coming days.
Air Canada posted online alerts of possible cancellations for flights to Hawaii and Sydney due to tsunami risk.