Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner withdrew their kids from D.C.’s swanky Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital recently, blaming it on the school’s reluctance to resume in-person learning. But the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports that parents had actually complained about the couple’s repeated refusal to comply with COVID-19 protocols intended to not only keep the school community safe but ensure that in-person learning can safely resume. “There was concern for the safety of children because it was very clear the Kushner parents were violating public health recommendations,” one mother said, adding that the breaking point for parents was the superspreader Rose Garden event for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. The schools’ protocols included asking families to avoid big gatherings where social distancing and masks are not employed.
Javanka’s three kids switched to the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy in suburban Maryland on October 19, which offers more in-person classes. Caroline Hurley, a White House spokeswoman, said: “Unnamed sources attacking a family’s decision about what is best for their kids in the middle of a pandemic is shameful. As is true for all families, schooling choices and education are deeply personal decisions and they owe no one, especially idle gossips seeking press attention, an explanation.”