Lawsuit on behalf of Blue Valley student challenges Johnson County’s mask order for schools

A public health order approved in August by the Board of County Commissioners requires universal masking in all schools that serve students up to and including 6th grade. A new lawsuit challenges that order on behalf of a Blue Valley middle school student who, the suit argues, has suffered negative impacts on her "emotional and mental well-being" due to the masking requirement. Above, elementary students in the Shawnee Mission School District earlier this year. File photo.

A new lawsuit filed on behalf of a Blue Valley middle school student challenges Johnson County’s public health order requiring universal masking in all grade schools in the county.

Why it matters: The lawsuit — and another one challenging a mask order in rural Morris County, about 100 miles southwest of Johnson County — are believed to be the first since the Kansas Supreme Court granted a stay last month temporarily halting a Johnson County’s judge’s ruling that a pandemic emergency powers law, SB 40, is unconstitutional.