President Trump is eager for his son, Baron, to return to school this fall but St. Andrew’s Episcopal School does not share that same sentiment. Baron has been attending the institution for the past three years, but despite the constant nudging by Trump the school is not ready to commit to fully reopening. The school says it is uncertain as to how it will reopen but is eyeing the same hybrid model that many schools and universities are considering. This model would consist of half the student body doing virtual classes one week while the other half sits in the classrooms.
This goes against Trump’s wishes who want schools to fully reopen. Trump says he is confident in sending Baron back to class despite the recent surge in coronavirus cases that has many parents across the country hesitant to send their children back to class. a letter from the school states, “We are hopeful that public health conditions will support our implementation of the hybrid model in the fall.” The school’s hybrid model will affect grades 7-12 if the school reopens.
On Wednesday Trump reiterated his desire for schools to fully reopen during a press briefing. He said, “I would like to see the school’s open 100 percent. And we will do it safely. We’ll do it carefully.” Trump has even tried to bully schools into reopening by threatening their funding. The CDC weighed in on the situation with guidelines for reopening schools, but Trump disliked the guidelines and demanded the CDC draw up new ones.
The Republican party is pushing a new economic stimulus package that includes $105 billion aimed at safely reopening public K-12 schools, according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday. We will have to wait and see what St. Andrew’s decides to do this fall.
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Travis Earle is a veteran of the United States Navy and a resident of Memphis, Tennessee. He serves as a politics writer for Hill Reporter. Travis@HillReporter.com