Here’s how many mask exemptions Shawnee Mission, Blue Valley schools have approved so far this year

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Through nearly a month of school this fall, the Shawnee Mission and Blue Valley school districts, combined, have approved hundreds of mask exemptions. But neither district says it tracks the number of requests that are denied. Above, two Crestview Elementary students work on an assignment while wearing masks.

Both Shawnee Mission and Blue Valley are requiring all students to wear face masks this school year as a COVID-19 mitigation measure.

Even with universal mask requirements in the districts and a countywide mandate for all elementary students, individuals are able to obtain exemptions, primarily for health-related reasons.