Private college attended by Barron Trump prohibited from in-person studying till October as President pushes openings

President Donald Trump participates in an event with students, teachers and administrators about how to safely re-open schools during the novel coronavirus pandemic in the East Room at the White House July 07, 2020 in Washington, DC. As the number of COVID-19 cases surge across southern states like Florida, Texas, Louisiana, South Carolina and Arizona, Trump joined with guests from across the country to discuss how to responsibly return to the classroom. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Montgomery County, Maryland, on Friday issued a directive demanding that non-public colleges not conduct in-person studying till October 1. Barron Trump, who’s slated to enter ninth grade within the fall, attends St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, a personal college in Potomac, Maryland, a part of Montgomery County.

“Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have based our decisions on science and data,” Montgomery County Health Officer Travis Gayles stated in a press release. “At this point the data does not suggest that in-person instruction is safe for students or teachers. We have seen increases in transmission rates for COVID-19 in the State of Maryland, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Virginia, particularly in younger age groups, and this step is necessary to protect the health and safety of Montgomery County residents.”

St. Andrew’s college directors have acknowledged a want to start out the college yr in early September, on-time and with in-person studying for the employees and college students, in response to a letter despatched to folks final month and seen by Source. However, the college famous a last determination was to be made the week of August 10.

“We are hopeful that in September most of our students will be able to return to on-campus learning and relationships,” wrote St. Andrew’s Head of School Robert Kosasky in a letter to folks. “We will continue to follow guidance of appropriate health officials and refine both our hybrid and distance learning plans.”

St. Andrew’s college and employees have since May been getting ready for in-person, mixture in-person and digital, and absolutely digital studying situations for the entire pupil physique. St. Andrew’s has 645 college students in its pupil physique, and tuition for the higher college is roughly $45,000 a yr.

Source has reached out to St. Andrew’s and the White House for touch upon the brand new order stopping non-public colleges from in-person studying till October.

Trump’s Education Secretary Betsy DeVos dismissed calls this week for the Trump administration to launch a nationwide plan geared toward opening colleges, saying there was no place for such federal energy flexing. But she nonetheless used her nationwide platform to demand that each one colleges open despite the fact that the virus nonetheless rages in a number of sizzling zones.

And at a Thursday information convention, the President reiterated his want for colleges to reopen with in-person studying as rapidly as attainable.

“Indefinite school closures will inflict lasting harm to our nation’s children,” Trump stated. “We must follow the science, get students safely back to school while protecting children, teachers, staff and family.”

Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, who has been a vocal critic of Trump on a number of issues pertaining to coronavirus and the federal response, disagreed with the Montgomery County directive, saying in a press release that the choice for personal and parochial colleges to open in-person or nearly shouldn’t be decided by politicians.

“I strongly disagree with Montgomery County’s decision to mandate the closure of private and parochial schools. As long as these schools develop safe plans that follow CDC and state guidelines, they should be empowered to do what’s best for their community. This is a decision for schools and parents, not politicians,” he wrote.

Gayles in his order cited rising coronavirus circumstances in Maryland as a part of the explanation for the October 1 determination.

Maryland has seen more than 89,300 Covid-19 cases and has reported a minimum of 3,506 deaths from the virus, with increasing caseloads over the previous two weeks, in response to information from Johns Hopkins University.

This story has been up to date with a press release from Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan.

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