KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The De Soto School Board voted Monday night to make masking optional once the Johnson County Board of Commissioners vote to expire its mask mandate.
The vote came after a public comment session where patrons voiced opposition to face masks.
The current De Soto district policy requires masks for students in pre-school through 8th grade.
Masks are optional for grades nine through 12.
Board members discussed several options to alter the mandate, but agreed to wait on a decision from the county commission.
A school district spokesperson said by taking action tonight, the board will not have to call a special session if county commissioners lift the mask mandate before the district's next meeting on Jan. 10.