Barron Trump’s private school to stay closed for now

Christel Deskins

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump insists that schools reopen so students can go back to their classrooms, but the Maryland private school where his son Barron is enrolled is among those under county orders to stay closed.

Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles said his order to stay closed for in-person instruction through Oct. 1 and to conduct online classes only will be reevaluated before Oct. 1 to determine whether it should be extended, terminated or amended.

Gayles noted increases in transmission rates for COVID-19 — the disease caused by the virus — in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia, particularly in younger age groups.

“Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have based our decisions on science and data,” Gayles said in a news release announcing the decision late Friday. “At this point the data does not suggest that in-person instruction is safe for students

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The Maryland county where Barron Trump attends school has ordered private schools to stay closed until October

Christel Deskins

The Maryland school where Barron Trump attends will remain closed until October due to a Montgomery County, Maryland mandate.
The Maryland school where Barron Trump attends will remain closed until October due to a Montgomery County, Maryland mandate.

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  • The Maryland private school that Barron Trump attends will not be permitted to open for in-person classes until at least October under a countywide mandate ordering private schools to remain closed.

  • As The New York Times previously reported, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland, previously planned a virtual-only return to class or a hybrid model that would have allowed students in classrooms.

  • President Trump and his administration have for weeks been adamant that schools reopen to students for the upcoming school year despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Maryland county home to the school attended by President Donald Trump’s son, Barron, has ordered private schools to remain closed through the month of September.

“Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we

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These Stores Will All Be Closed on Thanksgiving

Christel Deskins

The spring and summer months have looked a little different than most of us expected thanks to, uh, world events, and it turns out that things might be different for longer than we thought. As we approach fall and the holiday shopping season (can you believe this year is already that far along?), major stores have started announcing their plans for Thanksgiving, and it turns out Black Friday shopping is going to look a lot different this year. That’s because many retailers are choosing to close completely this Thanksgiving, saving Black Friday shopping for actual Friday, or offering up deals online in the weeks leading up to the unofficial retail holiday. What is your favorite store’s plan? We’ve got all the deets.

1. Walmart

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Target Announces Stores Will Be Closed on Thanksgiving This Year

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Photo credit: John Greim - Getty Images
Photo credit: John Greim – Getty Images

From House Beautiful

The holidays are known for drawing big crowds, but we’ve all come to know that’s definitely not a pandemic-friendly situation To make sure we get through the holiday season safely this year, Target is closing all of its stores on Thanksgiving Day and making a few other changes.

In an announcement on its website, Target laid out its holiday plans, which involve closing all stores on November 26. But don’t fret! Seasonal deals will start early in October, so you can do all of your holiday shopping safely without weaving through crowds of people and waiting in super long lines. Plus, you’ll be able to find Target’s lowest prices of the year in stores and online. The retailer is also making 20,000 more products available for same-day pickup and delivery services, including fresh and frozen groceries, gifts, and other

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Young musicians can perform on virtual stages when schools are closed

Christel Deskins

<span class="caption">Students at Long Branch Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia, used tech to perform an 'Aristocats' number.</span> <span class="attribution"><a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="https://vimeo.com/423566957" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:William Heim/Arlington Public Schools">William Heim/Arlington Public Schools</a>, <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:CC BY-NC-SA">CC BY-NC-SA</a></span>
Students at Long Branch Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia, used tech to perform an ‘Aristocats’ number. William Heim/Arlington Public Schools, CC BY-NC-SA

Live performances ceased across the U.S. and around the world in early 2020 as governments everywhere barred large gatherings to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

New York City’s Times Square resembled a ghost town by mid-March. The Metropolitan Opera of Los Angeles went dark. Nashville converted its Music City Center into a regional hospital for COVID-19 patients.

But the music didn’t stop.

Everyone from The Roots, the hip-hop ensemble that serves as talk show host Jimmy Fallon’s house band, to the eclectic jazz YouTuber Carlos Eiene filled the void through their innovative use of online media. A wide array of prominent musicians, including Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli, Lady Gaga, Lang Lang and John Legend, gazed into cameras often set up in their own homes to deliver entertainment

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Is your Bank of America branch one of the 53 in South Florida closed? Will it reopen?

Christel Deskins

At least 53 Bank of America branches in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties have been temporarily closed.

Bank of America has done the same thing in Central Florida, as reported by the Orlando Sentinel. Blame COVID-19.

“We’re taking steps to support not only our clients, but also employees during the health crisis. that includes temporarily closing some financial centers,” Bank of America spokesman Matthew Daily said. “That has happened where the foot traffic is low or when we don’t have sufficient staffing in that center to remain open.”

The ATMs at the closed branches still work.

Despite the increased presence of online and mobile banking, some people still prefer to handle their business in a branch, face-to-face with a teller. For those people, Daily stressed that these are “temporary closures.”

“When we make the decision to close a center, we work to reopen it as soon as possible.”

Bank of

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Kenyan schools to remain closed until 2021

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The education ministry said it would explore how to make online learning accessible to all students
The education ministry said it would explore how to make online learning accessible to all students

All schools in Kenya will remain closed until next January because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Final year exams, usually taken in October and November, have also been cancelled.

Education Minister George Magoha said students would repeat a year as schools had closed in mid-March, three months after the school calendar had begun.

But colleges and universities are to reopen in September if they abide by strict guidelines.

The East African country has confirmed more than 8,000 cases of coronavirus with at least 164 deaths – and there has been a recent surge in new infections.

On Monday, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced a phased reopening of the country, including the lifting of travel restrictions in the main cities of Nairobi and Mombasa.

However, he did extend a nationwide overnight curfew – from 21:00 to 04:00

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How to support the arts industry as venues remain closed

Christel Deskins

The arts industry is struggling to survive as the lockdown continues, but you can support them by renting, buying or subscribing to a streaming service today: iStock
The arts industry is struggling to survive as the lockdown continues, but you can support them by renting, buying or subscribing to a streaming service today: iStock

The ongoing coronavirus outbreak has impacted many small and big businesses across the UK.

The arts industry, spanning concert venues and theatres, have been shut for more than three months and is one of many struggling sectors during the lockdown. The government announced on 6 July a fund of £1.57bn to help protect cultural venues including museums, art galleries, independent cinemas, music venues and theatres.

Already some venues have closed and will not reopen, while most will not be able to viably run with socially distancing measures in place if they do reopen

It came after weeks of pressure for the government to act. On 17 June, 98 prominent actors, writers, directors and creatives, including Phoebe Waller-Bridge and James McAvoy, signed a letter

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