11/08/21 Board of Education Update
Blue Valley Families,
Two driving forces have influenced decisions this year—the safety of our staff and students and keeping our students in school full time. This commitment has, in part, helped Blue Valley take an important next step in this pandemic.
Due to the declining community spread of COVID-19, low level of spread among students and the increasing rate of vaccinations among high school-aged students and adults, the Blue Valley Board of Education passed a motion Monday night to make masks optional for grades 9 and above, including staff and visitors. This change will go into effect Monday, Nov. 29, 2021.
With this announcement, the Board of Education remains committed to:
- The Johnson County Board of Health Order No. 001-21 that requires masks inside school buildings for all early childhood and K-8 students, staff and visitors. Should the mandate be rescinded, the same protocols would be used for all students.
- Federal regulations requiring masking for all students, including high school students and staff, on school buses and in district vehicles.
- Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA) COVID-19 Mitigation Information and COVID-19 Return to Participation Guidelines. At this time, there are no masking requirements.
- Continued mitigation efforts within our schools. Individuals are asked to follow masking guidelines for the specific school they are visiting.
The district will also monitor data, remain nimble and work to maintain the best learning environment possible. If the total percentage of positive cases and exclusions at a building rises above 3 percent, masking requirements will return for a minimum of 2 weeks.
We appreciate your support and will continue to do whatever it takes to provide a world-class education for our students. For additional information and FAQs, please visit the district website.
Blue Valley Schools