Lee’s Summit School Board votes to extend mask term

LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — Just hours before a mask mandate was scheduled to expire, the Lee’s Summit Board of Education voted to extend it. The 5-2 vote took place in a special session on Thursday afternoon.

The decision means grades will continue to be required for all students, staff and visitors to all Lee’s Summit schools and facilities through February 24.

The latest statistics provided by the school district for the week of Jan. 25-31 show 273 new cases of COVID-19. An additional 319 staff and students were quarantined during the same period.

The good news is that the district’s COVID-19 dashboard shows the number of new cases and quarantines have declined since school board members voted 6-1 to require masks earlier this month.

The Jackson County Legislature is also expected to pass a similar mask ordinance at its next meeting on Feb. 7. is necessary.

A mask mandate was mooted at a meeting of the Jackson County Legislature earlier this month, but was withdrawn before lawmakers voted on it.

The Kansas City City Council also voted on Thursday to extend its mask mandate. It requires students and staff at K-12 schools to wear masks until Feb. 17. They are also required to wear masks on school buses.

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