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Spring Hill schools to follow Johnson County mask guidance

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Posted at 1:18 AM, Aug 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-10 13:35:01-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — UPDATE, 12:30 p.m. | Spring Hill schools sent out guidance for parents stating the district will follow Johnson County mask regulations.

That means masks will be required for all students, staff and visitors in elementary and middle school buildings.

Masks are highly recommended for other students.

ORIGINAL STORY | The Spring Hill School Board heard from passionate parents Monday night against a mask mandate, but legal questions put a hold on a decision by the board.

More than a dozen parents and others with a stake in the district spoke to the board and urged them to let parents make health care decisions for their children.

Greg Goheen, the district's legal counsel, warned of possible legal action against the board, district administrators, teachers and staff if they ignored the health order last week from the Johnson County Board of Commissioners.

That order included a mask mandate.

Some board members felt the county commission went too far with its health order.

Others said they couldn't take any actions that would put district employees or board members in legal jeopardy.

A district spokesman said updates to the COVID-19 mitigation plan will be posted Tuesday on the district's website.

Board members want more information on the county's health order and may call a special meeting before the school year begins on Aug. 18.