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(CNN)As President Donald Trump continues to demand a return to in-person classes for schools around the country despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the school attended by his youngest son has received an order prohibiting on-campus learning for the start of the school year.

Montgomery County, Maryland, on Friday issued a directive demanding that private schools not conduct in-person learning until October 1.
Barron Trump, who is slated to enter 9th grade in the fall, attends St. Andrew's Episcopal School, a private school in Potomac, Maryland, part of Montgomery County. "Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have based our decisions on science and data," Montgomery County Health Officer Travis Gayles said in a statement. "At this point the data does not suggest that in-person instruction is safe for students or teachers. We have seen increases in transmission rates for COVID-19 in the State of Maryland, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Virginia, particularly in younger age groups, and this step is necessary to protect the health and safety of Montgomery County residents."
    St. Andrew's school administrators have stated a desire to start the school year in early September, on-time and with in-person learning for the staff and students, according to a letter sent to parents last month and seen by CNN. However, the school noted a final decision was to be made the week of August 10. What the 15 biggest US school districts are planning for reopening"We are hopeful that in September most of our students will be able to return to on-campus learning and relationships," wrote St. Andrew's Head of School Robert Kosasky in a letter to parents. "We will continue to follow guidance of appropriate health officials and refine both our hybrid and distance learning plans."Read MoreSt. Andrew's faculty and staff have since May been preparing for in-person, combination in-person and virtual, and fully virtual learning scenarios for all of the student body. St. Andrew's has 645 students in its student body, and tuition for the upper school is approximately $45,000 a year. CNN has reached out to St. Andrew's and the White House for comment on the new order preventing private schools from in-person learning until October.Trump's Education Secretary Betsy DeVos dismissed calls this week for the Trump administration to release a national plan aimed at opening schools, saying there was no place for such federal power flexing. But she still used her national platform to demand that all schools open even though the virus still rages in multiple hot zones.And at a Thursday news conference, the President reiterated his desire for schools to reopen with in-person learning as quickly as possible. "Indefinite school closures will inflict lasting harm to our nation's children," Trump said. "We must follow the science, get students safely back to school while protecting children, teachers, staff and family."
      Gayles in his order cited rising coronavirus cases in Maryland as part of the reason for the October 1 decision.Maryland has seen more than 89,300 Covid-19 cases and has reported at least 3,506 deaths from the virus, with increasing caseloads over the past two weeks, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

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      Pompeo, in Slovenia, pushes 5G security, warns about China

      BLED, Slovenia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Slovenia to make the case for high-speed wireless networks that bar Chinese companies like Huawei.

      On the second leg of a four-nation tour of central and eastern Europe, Pompeo was meeting Slovenian officials in the mountain lake town of Bled on Thursday. He is to sign a joint declaration on “5G Clean Network Security” that aims to keep untrusted telecoms vendors out.

      Pompeo has led a U.S. campaign across Europe and elsewhere against Huawei and other Chinese companies that the Trump administration accuses of sharing data with China’s security apparatus. The declaration will commit “to protecting the privacy and individual liberties of the citizens of the United States and Slovenia.”

      Slovenia, a NATO ally, has been a willing partner in the effort and last month signed and rolled out a nationwide commercial 5G network with the Swedish telecoms giant Ericsson.

      Besides the 5G declaration, Pompeo will be discussing energy security with Slovenia’s president and prime minister.

      Pompeo arrived in Slovenia from the Czech Republic, where he called upon the young democracies in the region to embrace hard-won freedoms and counter threats from Russia and particularly China, which he said was in many ways more dangerous than the former Soviet Union.

      “The CCP is already enmeshed in our economies, in our politics, in our societies in ways the Soviet Union never was,” he told Czech lawmakers, referring to the Chinese Communist Party.

      Pompeo, however, said that “even more of a threat is the Chinese Communist Party and its campaigns of coercion and control.”

      “In your country alone,” he said, “we see influence campaigns against your politicians and security forces, the theft of industrial data that you have created through your innovation and creativity, and we’ve seen the use of economic leverage to stifle freedom itself.”

      Pompeo said they should continue to resist Chinese attempts to assert economic and political leverage over them. He noted several recent developments in which China has threatened Czech officials with retaliation for showing support for Taiwan, Tibet and Hong Kong.

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