MD Health Officer Reverses Private School Decision

Travis Gayles, Montgomery County’s Health officer now says private schools can decide on their own how students will return to school. It is a reversal of his previous position.

Montgomery County’s Health officer has reversed his order that restricted private schools from holding in-person classes until October 2nd.  Travis Gayles’ order was countered by Governor Larry Hogan who issued an executive order giving private schools the option to decide for themselves how they would hold classes.  Just yesterday, Gayles stood behind his original order.  Today, he said he still believes all schools in the county should begin the school year on-line only, but again, will allow county private schools to decide for themselves.  Meantime, Montgomery County’s Board of Education made official last night that county public schools will start the year all-virtual.  The Board also announcing the cancellation of all fall and winter sports.