- The Maryland Private School Barron Trump is only allowed to open for one-to-one tuition in October under a nationwide mandate that private schools be closed.
- As the New York Times previously reported, the St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland had previously planned a purely virtual return to class or a hybrid model that would have enabled students in classrooms.
- President Trump and his government have been firmly convinced for weeks that schools will be reopened to students despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic for the upcoming school year.
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Maryland County, home to the school attended by President Donald Trump's son Barron, has ordered private schools to remain closed until September.
"Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have based our decisions on science and data," said Montgomery County, Maryland, health officer Dr. Travis Gayles said in a Friday press release. "At this point, the data do not indicate that personal instruction is safe for students or teachers."
Gayles said an increase in the transmission of the novel coronavirus, particularly among "younger age groups" in Maryland and near Washington, DC and Virginia, has prompted him to order private schools to close. The district's public school system – the fourth largest in the US by spending per student According to the US Census Bureau, which was announced last month Complete the entire first semester with pure virtual training.
Anyone who "knowingly and willfully" violates the county's Friday regulation could be convicted of an offense that can be up to one year in prison and up to $ 5,000 fine, according to the press release.
89,365 cases of the novel coronavirus and 3,374 deaths were reported in Maryland Ministry of Health. In the last seven days, 4.47% of the tests gave a positive result. Montgomery County is responsible for 17,665 of Maryland's reported cases, according to nearby Prince George & # 39; s County.
According to the press release, non-public schools include "all private wage schools, schools linked to religious institutions, or schools that are otherwise considered to be independent schools".
Fox News personality Laura Ingraham intervened in the decision and tweeted that Maryland governor Larry Hogan and Montgomery County's health director "should be ready to be deposed" due to the county’s order.
Barron Trump's school hadn't decided whether to just go online or take a hybrid approach
How The New York Times St. Andrew's Episcopal School, which Barron Trump has attended since moving his family to the White House, has reportedly not yet announced publicly whether the students would return to their school building in Potomac, Maryland for personal lessons .
The private school, located in the suburbs of Maryland in DC and offering K-12 classes, had previously announced in the week of August 10 that it would make a decision between a hybrid approach or a purely virtual model. after a statement published on his website. Robert Kosasky, the head of St. Andrew’s, did not immediately return Business Insider’s request to comment on the county’s order on Saturday.
For weeks, the President and his government have emphasized his view that U.S. schools are open to students for personal instruction in the fall, although the number of reported cases of the virus has continued to increase and the number of deaths from the disease has increased .
At a press conference last month, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany hit the headlines when he told reporters that "science shouldn't stand in the way of reopening the school." Education minister Betsy DeVos was also opposed to the delay in school openings, saying last month that it should be "the rule" for US schools to reopen to students.
While the symptoms and side effects of COVID-19 are usually less harmful to children, children can become infected with the virus and act as asymptomatic carriers that infect other people, including vulnerable populations.
Later in July, the Associated Press reported, Trump admitted Some parts of the country may have to delay students' return to the classroom "for a few weeks." For districts that are not reopening, he said he would instruct Congress to provide school stimulus money to parents so that they could send their children to private schools.
At a press conference on Thursday, Trump suggested that closing schools "also causes death" CNBC reported. The White House did not immediately return Business Insider's request for comment on Saturday.