Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are seen with their two eldest children on September 22, 2020. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images
Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump pulled their children out of Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School and moved them to Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy, according to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA).
Three Milton parents told the outlet the move came after parents complained about the couple’s not following the school’s COVID-19 protocols, which asked families to avoid large gatherings and to follow social distancing guidelines.
Kushner and Trump have been photographed attending large gatherings and in close contact with other people without face masks or social distancing.
A source close to the Kushner family refuted that narrative, telling JTA that the family moved their kids to Berman because it offers more in-person schooling.
Business Insider has contacted the White House and the two schools for comment.
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Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, the son-in-law and daughter of President Donald Trump, pulled their children out of their day school after other parents complained about the couple’s not following coronavirus protocols, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) reported, citing multiple sources.
According to JTA, the Kushner children were pulled out of Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School in Washington, DC, two weeks before Election Day, and moved to Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy in Maryland.
The Kushner children started attending Milton when the family moved to Washington shortly after President Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election.
A representative for Milton told JTA that the Kushner’s children “withdrew from the school.”
Three Milton parents told JTA that the Kushners withdrew their children from the school after parents complained about the couple’s not following coronavirus protocols that the school had laid out for families.
The Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School in Washington, DC. Google Street View
According to JTA, which obtained a copy of those protocols, the school asked that families “avoid hosting or attending large gatherings where proper social distancing measures are not feasible.”
Kushner and Trump have both been photographed not following social distancing guidelines and attending large events in recent weeks.
Of particular issue to parents, one mother told JTA, was the couple working in close contact with those who caught the virus at Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination event at the White House on September 26. Though Kushner and Trump were not at the event, they both work with people who were.
After President Trump announced that he had tested positive for the virus on October 2, Milton school officials also would not say when the Kushner children last had contact with their grandfather, one mother told JTA. (Kushner and Ivanka Trump both tested negative following news of the president’s diagnosis.)
“There was concern for the safety of children because it was very clear the Kushner parents were violating public health recommendations,” the unnamed mother told JTA.
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Two of the parents who spoke to JTA said that the school tried to work out a compromise with the Kushners, to give them certain allowances because of their senior government roles, but that they failed to reach an agreement in the end.
A source close to the Kushner family refuted this narrative to JTA, and said the reason the children were moved to Berman is because it offered more in-person classes during the pandemic.
Milton is currently split between remote and in-school learning, but will be fully indoor starting next week — a move that was in the works before the Kushners pulled their kids out of the school, according to JTA.
Avi Berkowitz, a close aide to Jared Kushner, told the outlet the idea that the family’s departure was due to the school’s COVID-19 rules was false.
“The Kushners protect the privacy of their children and won’t engage in idle gossip,” he said.
Business Insider has contacted the White House, Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School, and Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy for comment.
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