Archdiocese hails rescinding of Montgomery County COVID-19 directive that would have prohibited private schools from offering in-person instruction

The Montgomery County health officer’s Aug. 7 announcement that he has rescinded his previous directives forbidding private and religious schools from opening to in-person instruction at the start of the school year has been hailed by the Archdiocese of Washington’s Catholic Schools Office as a reaffirmation of “the autonomy of parochial schools and non-public schools to make their own re-opening decisions.”

“I am grateful that the county recognized the autonomy of non-public schools to make local decisions on reopening in a safe and appropriate manner,” Kelly Branaman, interim superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Washington, said in a statement after the directive was rescinded. “As we have done throughout this entire process, we will continue to work with our schools to make the decisions that work best for each of our individual school communities.”

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