The private school attended by presidential son Barron Trump has announced that it will not be holding full-time, in-person classes this fall and is now deciding between a combination of limited in-person schooling and online classes or going back to the full-time online model. This announcement sparked anger from the public after Donald Trump pushed so hard for public schools across the country to reopen full-time in spite of the fact that the coronavirus pandemic is getting worse in the U.S.

Barron’s school will make its final decision in early August depending on how bad the pandemic gets by that time.

“We are hopeful that public health conditions will support our implementation of the hybrid model in the fall,” said St. Andrew’s Episcopal School heads Robert Kosasky and David Brown in a letter. “As we prepare to make a decision the week of Aug. 10 about how to best begin the school year, we will continue to follow guidance of appropriate health officials and refine both our hybrid and distance learning plans.”

Meanwhile, the president has gone as far as threatening to withhold federal funding from public schools who refuse to fully reopen. As teachers fill out their wills in anticipation of the coming school year, their unions are pointing out the disparity between Trump’s push for school reopenings and this decision from his son’s school.

“The president now has to face what every other parent in America and every other teacher in America is grappling with right now, which is: In the midst of a pandemic, how do schools keep their kids and their faculty safe?” said American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten. “It’s about safety, not bluster. It’s about a plan and resources, not threats.”

As new COVID-19 cases hover around 70,000 daily in the U.S., Trump has appeared to soften a bit on school reopenings “districts may need to delay reopening for a few weeks.” However, The New York Times pointed out that he was reading from a script when he said this.

Regardless, there has already been widespread public outrage from people who feel like Barron gets special treatment because he’s the son of a wealthy president.

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*First Published: July 24, 2020, 12:56 pm