Divided Blue Valley school board makes masks optional in all district facilities, contravening county rule for K-6 schools

COVID-19 Johnson County schools

The Blue Valley Board of Education voted to make masks optional within all district facilities. Effective immediately, masking is optional until a building exceeds more than 10% absenteeism due to illness. If a building reaches that threshold, then everyone within it must go back to wearing a mask for two weeks. File photo.

The Blue Valley Board of Education voted to make masks optional within all district facilities.

The move, at least temporarily, puts the district at odds with Johnson County’s current countywide public health order that requires masks in all schools that serve students up to and including 6th grade.