“The thought that everyone in this community is happy with this is baloney,” Rabbi Zev Katz, principal of the girls’ division of the Yeshiva of Greater Washington told me. “This seems like tremendous governmental overreach."
“It’s overreaching. It’s inappropriate,” Rabbi Yitzchok Merkin, headmaster of the Yeshiva told me. “It’s just wrong.”
Principals and board members of multiple Catholic parishes told me they were unable to comment without permission from the Archdiocese of Washington. The Archdiocese pointed out how hard schools and the Archdiocese had been working to make in-person instruction safe by modifying buildings and schedules and imposing rules — all in accord with guidance from federal and state health officials.
“Great care has been taken by our school leaders to create reopening plans that follow all current state and national guidelines for reopening schools,” stated the perpetually nonconfrontational Archbishop Wilton Gregory.
There are a number of articles on Catholic schools reopening. In New England, Catholic schools are opening and some are offering a $1000 discount for new students which has been very successful. Their schools are full. My daughter tried to get her daughter into kindergarten which was available two weeks ago but she called back and grades are now full.