Johnson County school mask case at center of Kansas Supreme Court hearing over pandemic powers law

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The Kansas Supreme Court on Tuesday will conduct a hearing over a case that began with two parents' challenge last school year to the Shawnee Mission School District's mask requirement. A Johnson County judge ruled this summer that SB 40, a state law the parents used to sue the district, was unconstitutional. File image.

A controversial Kansas law that some parents used to sue school districts over their mask rules comes before the state Supreme Court Tuesday for arguments on whether it is constitutional.

The law, known as SB 40, was used in lawsuits last school year against the Shawnee Mission, Blue Valley, Olathe and USD 232 (De Soto) school districts by parents seeking exemptions from the districts’ requirement that children wear masks while in school.