While Sofia and Bulgaria is considered a safe place, a handful of expatriate, local and diplomatic families happen to have an escort. Please note that family escorts and staff (i.e. bodyguards and drivers), diplomatic or otherwise are not permitted to enter the campus (or be on a field trip or excursion) with a weapon nor undue show of force (i.e. posturing). Certainly drivers may enter the school grounds whilst dropping off children, however, if there are other escorts in the car besides the driver, those escorts must exit the car prior to entering the school grounds.
Escorts and Family Security Staff in Relation to Field Trips and Other School Excursions/Trips
Please note that families with escorts and/or support security staff must contact the school prior to the field trip/excursion to talk with your child’s respective Principal to further clarify school protocol regarding family escort/security staff. At this time the Principal will ask, “Is the purpose of the escort traveling near the child because there is an active threat on the family?” If the answer is “yes”, then the child (and escort) is not permitted to participate in the excursion. If the answer is “no”, then the Principal and family discuss whether or not the escort can have a presence on the excursion depending on the nature of the excursion.
For clarity and safety, under NO circumstances is a person (family member, escort, family security support etc.), diplomatic, or otherwise permitted to be on a school excursion or at school with a weapon.