Following consultation and advice from state and local public health professionals, last summer the Shawnee Mission School District implemented procedures and protocols to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. These include wearing masks, social distancing, cohorting, and enhanced sanitation procedures, which have allowed us to safely transition back to in-person learning. Our goal now is to finish the year strong, with in-person graduations and other end-of-year celebrations.
To achieve this, we are keeping all mitigating procedures, including mandatory mask-wearing, in place. This is consistent with the advice we received yesterday from Dr Sanmi Areola, Director of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (linked here ), and will give us the best chance of continuing to keep students and staff safe, and in school. With more vaccines available in the community (including for our students aged 16 and above), and with progress on vaccines for younger children, we look forward to the day when we can truly put the pandemic behind us. Together, we can Keep SMSD Strong! We appreciate our Shawnee Mission Northwest staff, student, coach, parent and community support and cooperation in this endeavor as we continue to assist the protection and safety of our most precious resource–our kids.