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Masks could soon be required in Johnson County, Kansas schools | School Authority – Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City, Missouri 2021-08-05 06:58:00 –

Olathe, Kansas (KCTV)-Schools in Johnson County, Kansas may soon need masks.

The Health Directive on Thursday’s committee agenda specifies only masks from kindergarten to sixth grade. It is intended to protect people under the age of 12 who are not eligible to be vaccinated.

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment reports a rapid increase in cases thanks to the Delta variant. Just two months ago, the region experienced an average of 67 new cases per week. At the end of June, the number increased sharply to 163. As of last week, health authorities detected more than 900 new COVID cases per week.

Johnson County also has a high vaccination rate, with 57% of the target population fully vaccinated. County Commissioners say they are hesitant to issue county-wide mask requirements.

“I’m reluctant to impose additional requirements on vaccinated people to protect myself and their communities,” said Ed Eyelet.

Members of the community have been enthusiastic about sharing ideas for mandates for weeks. If the delegation is passed, the school district should change the mask policy quickly before the class begins.

Currently, only US $ 232 and Shawney missions require masks. Olathe, Blue Valley, Gardner Ejaton and Spring Hill strongly recommend face covers, but they are optional.

The proposed directive indicates that older students do not need to wear masks if grades 7 and 8 share a building with grade 6 but may be away from them. If this is not possible, all students, faculty and staff must wear masks, regardless of vaccination status.

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