KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The CDC relaxed COVID-19 guidelines Friday saying vaccinated students and staff don’t need to wear masks inside school buildings.
The majority of Kansas City school districts said they didn’t think the relaxed guidance would change their approach when students return to class in the fall.
While the CDC made the recommendation, it’s up to each district to decide if it will be followed. This is what local districts said when FOX4 asked about changes in mask requirements.
Blue Springs School District
In a statement, the Blue Springs School District said it is monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will update families when it knows more.
Fort Osage School District
The Fort Osage Board of Education said it plans to meet next week to discuss the new CDC recommendation, but said it doesn’t expect to change mask requirements.
The district said masks are no longer required for students or staff, regardless of vaccination status. The district does recommend anyone who is not fully vaccinated to continue wearing a mask.
Hickman Mills School District
Masks are still required for students and staff in the Hickman Mills School District. The district said it plans to meet soon to discuss the recommendation and determine if changes to district policy are needed.
Independence School District
Decisions will be made in August prior to the start of the 2021-2022 school year. The ISD Board of Education will take into account guidance from local, state, and national entities.
Kansas City Public Schools
The Kansas City Public School District has not changed it’s mask policy and plans to continue requiring masks in schools.
“Throughout the pandemic, our priority has been keeping students and staff safe. Kansas City Public Schools continues to require students, staff and visitors wear masks in our schools and buildings. As we review our policies for the 2021-22 school year, we will consult with local, state and national public health officials. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says students benefit from in-person learning. Kansas City Public Schools looks forward to a safe, healthy return to school in August,” the district said in a statement.
Last month the district said it would allow students to avoid wearing masks in buildings, if they showed proof of vaccination to a school nurse.
Park Hill School District
The Park Hill School District strongly recommends masks, but does not have a mask mandate. However, like other districts who no longer have mandates, Park Hill no longer qualifies for the state’s exemption from quarantining. Anyone who is directly exposed to COVID-19, even while wearing a mask, will need to quarantine for 10 days.
Park Hill has not made a decision about fall at this point.
North Kansas City School District
North Kansas City Schools plans to continue following the guidance of the Clay County Health Department. As of June 11, masks are no longer required at schools.
Lee’s Summit School District
Lee’s Summit said the CDC guidance is in alignment with protocols the school district implemented and practiced at the end of the school year. The Lee’s Summit School District said it will review the CDC guidance as it addresses health and safety plans for fall.
Raytown School District
Masking is optional, but strongly encouraged for all individuals who are not fully vaccinated, in the Raytown School District. Masks are required on all public transportation, including school buses.
The Blue Valley School board decided on July 19, that masks and vaccinations will be optional in the upcoming school year.
Masks are optional inside De Soto School District buildings. At this point the district said there is no plan to reconsider the current policy, but the Board of Education could reconsider any of the protocols at any point in the future.
The school district encourages anyone who is not fully vaccinated to wear a mask when appropriate distancing can’t be maintained, but masks are not required either inside our outside buildings.
The district said face masks may be required while in some indoor settings.
Kansas City, Kansas
The Kansas City, Kansas School District plans to have more information after a board meeting next week. That’s when the district plans to talk about mask requirements and other issues surrounding COVID-19 in schools.
Olathe School District
Olathe’s new COVID-19 protocols went into effect last week. The shift means face coverings are highly encouraged inside school buildings, but are not required. The Olathe School District said it continues to assess COVID-19 and is in regular contact with the Johnson County Health Department as it prioritizes the health and safety of students and staff.
Shawnee Mission School District
The Shawnee Mission School District said it is reviewing the new masking guidance from the CDC. It plans to work in collaboration with the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment. They will make a final recommendation to the Shawnee Mission Board of Education concerning COVID-19 mitigation protocols for the upcoming school year at its meeting on July 26, 2021.
The current practices for the Spring Hill School District do not require masks inside school buildings. The Board of Education will be discussing the newly released guidance from the Johnson County Department of Health at the regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, June 26.