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Montgomery County Directs Private Schools to Use Distance Learning for Fall

NBC Washington D.C. logo NBC Washington D.C. 4 days ago Brianna Crummy
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Private schools in Montgomery County have been directed by local health officials to remain closed for in-person instruction in the fall through October 1.

“At this point the data does not suggest that in-person instruction is safe for students or teachers," said County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles in a release put out Friday.

The directive will be reconsidered come October, but the guidance was given following trends of increased cases in the state. Montgomery County reported 17,665 cases Saturday as the state confirmed a total of 89,365.

The order applies to all nonpublic schools including private pay schools, religious-affiliated schools and others considered independent schools.

The public school system announced earlier it would be operating remotely for the fall.

Officials said those who knowingly violate the order could be subjected to jail time, a $5,000 fine or both.

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