Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump transferred their children to a different school shortly before the election. Though the line coming from those near the family is that it was about access to more in-person classes, parents of other students say that concerns were raised about the kids attending White House and campaign events without COVID-19 protocols.
In August, the Guardian reported that Jared Kushner was interested in sending his kids back to in-person school full-time, after Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School, where they were attending, reopened only partially. He said that he believed kids had a higher risk of dying from the flu than COVID-19, so he didn’t believe that there was a serious risk, and cited Trump’s pandemic response, which he claimed was “aggressive.”
This was before Donald Trump himself was diagnosed with the virus last month, along with others in and around the White House.
Now the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports that Kushner and Trump have withdrawn their kids from the school, moving them instead to Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy in Maryland.
Though sources close to the family are citing the school’s open status and in-person classes as the reason, parents of other children attending Milton say that there were concerns and complaints about the president’s grandchildren attending White House events where safety protocols were ignored, and possibly being exposed to the virus there.
Milton will be returning to full in-person classes next week, but is asking students and their families to adhere to safety protocols, including social distancing and mask-wearing, while off-campus, in order to reduce the risk of bringing the virus to staff and other students.
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