The Board of Education approved changes to the 2nd semester COVID-19 mitigation measures at the January 24, 2022, regular meeting. The mitigation measures go into effect on January 24, 2022 and will apply to all previously identified cases currently excluded.
Click here to view the updated COVID-19 mitigation plan. Gray text in the plan indicates the measures that have been suspended until the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) resumes contact tracing.
The vote passed with a 6 to 0 vote in favor.
Prior to the vote, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Hubbard explained, “As of last week the state and county health departments announced they would be suspending contact tracing for 30 days. The 3 percent threshold we had built into our plan only works well when we are able to account for identifying quarantines by the county health department. The school district does not have legal authority to contact trace or quarantine and as a result of that we are recommending universal masking through February 15, 2022, due to the extremely high number of infections in our county and the uptick of cases in our schools. We will continue to monitor and either return to our 3 percent threshold on the 15th or recommend another extension.”
Keeping schools open and safe is a top priority in the Shawnee Mission School District in the 2021-2022 school year.