The Shawnee Mission Board of Education approved an update to the second semester COVID mitigation measures. These mitigation measures go into effect on Wednesday, February 16, 2022.
- Masks inside middle school and high school buildings will become optional for students and staff, as long as the building remains below the district threshold for masking (see District Threshold for Masking outlined below).
- Masks will continue to be required for all elementary students and staff while the county mandate is in effect. At such time as the county removes the mandate, elementary schools will revert to the district threshold for masking (see District Threshold for Masking outlined below) set for all other SMSD facilities.
District Threshold for Masking
If a school building reaches > 3% positive COVID cases or the overall absentee rate related to illness is > 5%, the building will return to full mask requirements. The building will remain masked for at least 14 days and until the percentage of positive cases is < 3% and overall absentee rate related to illness is < 5%.
If school building rates of positive cases or illness rates are unknown due to one of the extended district breaks (such as Thanksgiving, Winter, Spring or Summer breaks) AND the percent positive rate is 8% or higher according to the JCDHE dashboard, all buildings will return to school with full mask requirements until data can be collected to determine the actual building rate. This time period will be no longer than one week unless > 3%.