Cruz Family’s Private School Want Children to Quarantine

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Three weeks before Ted Cruz escorted his family to Mexico, the private school his daughters attend sent a message warning of international travel.

The bottom line: St. John’s School students who travel internationally must quarantine for 7 to 10 days upon their return. And they won’t be able to even learn online while in isolation.

The rules that touted CDC guidelines were sent January 30 in an e-mail after a post-holiday outbreak centered on 11th and 12th grade students at the school, and divided parents between those who followed guidelines and those who flouted them.

“At the end of the day, he’s taking this heat for using his children as an excuse for taking a vacation. And that’s a mistake,” said Lara Hollingsworth, a parent of three kids at the school. “From a parent standpoint, all I’m asking is the school follow the CDC guidelines, and I need to say I have no reason to believe they won’t.”

“You’ve got someone out here saying, ‘I did this to be a good dad.’ No one is trying to dispute that,” she said. “The question is are you fully aware of the consequences of what you did? Does it make you a bad parent? No. Does it make you a bad senator? Maybe.”

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