Masks now optional in Johnson County schools — See each district’s criteria for bringing them back if needed

Shawnee Mission masks

Schools across Johnson County have adjusted mask policies to make them optional, following the county's decision to lift an order requiring masks in K-6 schools. But each district serving northern Johnson County has articulated thresholds at which mask rules would be reinstated if surpassed. File image.

Last week, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners lifted a countywide public health order requiring masks in all K-6 schools. 

That order was originally set to expire in May, but with new COVID-19 cases dropping sharply, the board acted to rescind the mandate effective immediately.