Shawnee Mission, Blue Valley warn of potential COVID-19 school closures — ‘We are running out of options’

Even as other Kansas City metro districts close schools temporarily, both the Shawnee Mission and Blue Valley districts have sent messages to parents asking them to prepare for the eventuality of temporary closures in those districts, too. "The reality is we are running out of options and families should prepare," Blue Valley's message said. Above, students in a Shawnee Mission elementary classroom last semester. File image.

Both the Shawnee Mission and Blue Valley school districts are warning parents and families that schools — both individually and districtwide — may need to temporarily shut down due to staffing and substitute shortages spurred by spread of the Omicron variant.

In a message to families Friday, the Shawnee Mission district warned that persistent staff shortages could prompt some individual schools or the entire district to temporarily shut down.