Maryland governor overturns directive delaying school opening


The Archdiocese of Washington and its Catholic Schools Office hailed the Aug. 3 emergency order by Maryland’s governor to override a Montgomery County Health Department blanket directive that would have kept nonpublic schools from reopening for in-person instruction through at least Oct. 1.

The archdiocese said it was grateful for Gov. Larry Hogan’s action “that allows private and parochial schools the autonomy and flexibility to make reopening decisions in line with public health guidelines.”

“The recovery plan for Maryland public schools stresses local flexibility within the parameters set by state officials,” 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.”