LENEXA, Kan. — According to the Shawnee Mission School District, students and staff at six elementary schools, including Rosehill Elementary School, will be required to wear face masks for at least two weeks.

A letter sent to parents from Rosehill principal Jen Duke said that the elementary school had surpassed the 5% illness threshold, requiring the wearing of masks until the percentage falls.

“Due to lack of wide-spread COVID-19 testing, we do not know whether the absences are COVID-19 related,” David Smith, Chief Communications Officer at SMSD, said.

Dear RH Families,

According to Shawnee Mission COVID-19 Mitigation Measures:

“If a school building reaches > 3% positive COVID-19 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%.”

I am writing to inform you that Rosehill has exceeded the 5% threshold for illness. This means that students and staff will be required to wear masks for this week, and until the daily illness rate is below the 5% threshold.

We encourage all students and staff to monitor for symptoms, remain at home when sick, and continue to encourage hand hygiene. Schools are seeing an increase in gastro-intestinal illness and influenza-like illness at this time.

We appreciate your understanding.

Principal Jen Duke

Masks will remain in place until the absence rate at the school is under 5%.

The other elementary schools in the Shawnee Mission School District that have also switched to requiring masks are:

  • Arrowhead Elementary
  • East Antioch Elementary
  • Highlands Elementary
  • Pawnee Elementary
  • Sunflower Elementary

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