Archdiocese hails Maryland governor’s emergency order prohibiting blanket school closures, as MCC issues action alert for Montgomery County residents

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan issued an emergency order on Aug. 3 that overrides a Montgomery County Health Department directive requiring private, parochial, and schools affiliated with religious institutions in that county to remain closed to in-person instruction though at least Oct. 1.

“The recovery plan for Maryland public schools stresses local flexibility within the parameters set by state officials,” Gov. Hogan said in a statement after signing the order. “Private and parochial schools deserve the same opportunity and flexibility (as public schools) to make reopening decisions based on public health guidelines.”

The Catholic Schools Office of the Archdiocese of Washington hailed the governor’s action, and issued this statement: “The Archdiocese of Washington is grateful to learn of Governor Hogan’s Emergency Order to Prohibit Blanket School Closures that allows private and parochial schools the autonomy and flexibility to make reopening decisions in line with public health guidelines.”

Read the full article from the Catholic Standard HERE.