Huntsville High School teacher charged with impaired was chaperone for April student Euro trip

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During the first two weeks of February Huntsville OPP said they had seen an increase in impaired drivers and released a list of names to the media. Among those names was that of Trevor Summers-Arndt.

On Feb. 4 police say they stopped a vehicle for a traffic offence and found that the driver had been drinking. Trevor Summers-Arndt, 44, from Lake of Bays was subsequently charged with operation while impaired and having over 80 milligrams of alcohol for every 100 millimetres of blood.

Arndt is a Huntsville High School teacher and as recently as last August was shortlisted for a Governor General's Award. Arndt has also been the lead organizer and chaperone for the schools international student tours.

It is unclear if Arndt is still employed by the Trillium Lakelands District School Board as in an emailed response to this publication TLDSB media relations person Catherine Shedden said that "to protect the privacy of our staff members, we will not be able to speak about a specific person."

Is there a specific school board protocol when a teacher is charged with a DUI? Shedden said that Criminal Record Check Legislation requires teachers to annually report convictions. The school board reviews any convictions that may impact classroom instruction, the student-teacher relationship, or College of Teachers Standards.  A DUI conviction, however, is not one of those.

Arndt was the lead teacher for an upcoming April Greece/Italy trip, TLDSB has not indicated if he is still scheduled to participate nor have they confirmed if Arndt is currently teaching.

Shedden did explain how chaperone's for high school trips are chosen.

"The Lead teacher proposes a trip to the principal and then suggests teaching staff to meet the staff to student ratio. The principal then reviews and agrees to all chaperones. Often staff chaperones are chosen because they have an interest in the area or topic and have experience travelling to the area or trips in general. Principals will also consider how easily a staff member can be covered eg. if the only physics teacher in the school goes on a trip this could be problematic to be able to cover the class while they are away," she said.

It is also not known if the school board has informed the participating high school students and their parents of the lead chaperone's impaired charges.

Arndt will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, Huntsville on March 11, 2020 to answer to the charges.

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