Gayles, Elrich React to Hogan Overturning Directive to Keep Private Schools Closed

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich and County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles learned that Gov. Larry Hogan was overturning the county’s directive to keep private schools in the county closed over a Zoom news conference Monday afternoon.

Moments after Hogan tweeted the emergency order – which allows private schools to set their own reopening plan – Bethesda Beat reporter Caitlynn Peetz asked Elrich and Gayles for their reaction to the news.

Here’s how they reacted:

After the news conference, Elrich tweeted the following statement on Hogan’s action: “Our decision to restrict nonpublic schools from in-person instruction was made with one concern in mind – protecting the public health of our residents. It was not an easy decision. As we have done throughout this pandemic, we used data and science to guide us – not politics.”

Prior to Hogan’s action, Councilmember Andrew Friedson, who represents Montgomery County’s 1st district, tweeted a letter directed at Gayles, asking for more information about the decision to direct private schools to stay closed.

Elected Leaders React to Hogan Overturning Gayles’ Directive on Private Schools

Several other elected leaders voiced their reactions to Hogan’s emergency order. Here’s a look at what they are saying:

Here’s What Was Said at Gayles, Elrich News Conference Before Hogan Announcement

Here’s live tweets covering what was said at the Gayles and Elrich news conference Monday morning before news broke that Hogan had overturned Montogmery County’s directive to keep private schools closed:

Previous Posts:

Hogan Issues Emergency Order, Prevents Montgomery County from Closing Private Schools

‘I Strongly Disagree’: Hogan on Montgomery County Directing Private Schools to Stay Closed

Montgomery County Private Schools Directed to Stay Closed for Start of Academic Year

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Deirdre Byrne

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Deirdre Byrne is a social media coordinator for Montgomery Community Media. She can be reached at or on twitter at @DeirdreByrneMCM.


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