Montgomery County said Friday that it will continue to monitor data and rely on federal guidelines in making further decisions about when it's "safe to reopen private and public schools."
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan was among the critics who say the decision to send students back in the fall should be up to "schools and parents" rather than county officials.
School districts across the country have been debating on how to resume classes in the fall while the virus continues spreading around the U.S.
CNN reports that only one out of the 15 biggest school districts across the U.S. will be allowing students to return for in-person classes. At least 10 have decided to start the semester with online-only learning.
The White House did not respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.
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