After Ivanka and Jared Kushner moved to Washington DC in January 2017, they enrolled their children in Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School. But three weeks ago on October 19, they transferred them to Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy in suburban Maryland. They claimed that they were doing this because Berman was holding in-person classes, which of course is what the Trump has been advocating for all schools. But now it is revealed that the move was necessitated by Milton asking them to remove their children after complaints from other parents.
Why? Because Jared and Ivanka were not complying with the safety guidelines required of all members of the families at all times, even when they are off campus.
A statement from the school on Wednesday, describes the protocols that parents must follow:
“Students and families are expected to adhere to any and all social distancing guidelines and mask requirements while not on campus to minimize the risk of contracting COVID-19 as well as reducing the risk of exposing employees and/or MILTON’s students to COVID-19,” one passage relevant to parental compliance says. “To help reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure at the School, the School asks all families to limit their attendance at large public or private gatherings, events, and other activities to those where social distancing can be maintained and guidance regarding masks is followed. Families and students should avoid hosting or attending large gatherings where proper social distancing measures are not feasible.”
Of course all the Trumps brazenly flouted these simple safety guidelines because of their science denial and their weird decision to make them into some kind of political statement, attending crowded events without masks that were heavily covered in the media. Their strong sense of entitlement probably made them think that they could ignore the guidelines that mere mortals like the other parents must follow.
It is interesting that although they left the school on October 19, the school issued this statement just two days ago. I wonder if the school felt freer to reveal that they had essentially kicked the Kushners out after Trump lost the election and it became clear that the Kushners no longer have any clout and they would be leaving the DC area soon anyway to go back to New York City with their tails between their legs. If so, the Kushners are discovering that the protective bubble that surrounds those close to the president is slowly but surely crumbling, though the entitlement that comes with being rich and white will remain.