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State GOP Leaders Rebuke COVID-19 Plan for Anne Arundel Private Schools

Republicans in Maryland’s House of Delegates are criticizing a recent letterfrom Anne Arundel County’s Health Officer requiring private and religious schools to submit a COVID-19 safety plan to the health department, 14 days prior to reopening.

House Minority Whip Kathy Szeliga argued that the ruling was made in coordination with Anne Arundel’s county executive. She said that it goes against Governor Larry Hogan’s orderthat counties cannot enact blanket in-person closures for non public and religious schools.

"It is really arbitrary, and it's insulting for the county executive to think that parents don't care enough about their kids to know what safety plans are in place for the schools that their children will attend," she said.


House Republicans have sent a letter to the governor outlining their concerns.

Sarah Y. Kim is WYPR’s health and housing reporter. Kim is WYPR's Report for America corps member, and Anthony Brandon Fellow. Kim joined WYPR as a 2020-2021 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of The GroundTruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. Now in her second year as an RFA corps member, Kim is based in Baltimore City.