Dear SMC Students:

As you may know, April 13 - April 19, 2009 is Spring Break for Santa Monica College.  We know many students are making plans to travel during spring break and we want to make sure that you exercise caution during this time. 
Mexico has traditionally been a popular destination for students during Spring Break, but due to an increased level of violence in the border cities of Mexico in recent months, the U.S. State Department has issued a travel alert warning students about traveling to that country for Spring Break.  The violence is not confined to the border cities, however.  It is spreading to popular tourist destinations as well.

The State Department website offers extensive travel information and guidance. Specifically, the State Department’s travel alert provides explicit directions and additional links regarding travel in Mexico through August 2009.  We urge students considering travel to Mexico to review this information, particularly the “Spring Break in Mexico:  Know Before You Go” publication. 

Regardless of where your Spring Break travels may take you, we urge you to use caution in your travel, engage in safe practices, and enjoy your Spring Break.