Special hearing scheduled on Blue Valley’s mask mandate
With 40 days remaining in the school year, masks continue to be an important part of the district’s COVID-19 mitigation efforts to keep all students in school full time. This message is to make you aware of a hearing scheduled for Tuesday, April 6 at the request of a Blue Valley parent challenging the district’s mask requirement. The hearing is mandated under new legislation found in Senate Bill 40 (SB 40).
The new legislation gives local boards of education sole authority to take actions in response to the COVID-19 state of disaster emergency related to school closures, learning modes and COVID-19 mitigation efforts. The legislation also provides that employees, students, and parents or guardians of students who are unhappy with the COVID-19 interventions in place may request a hearing.
If the complainant is dissatisfied with the hearing decision, that person can file a civil action in the district court. Ultimately, if the findings are not in favor of the district’s mask mandate, the district may be compelled to modify its COVID-19 mitigation efforts, including elimination of the district-wide mask requirement.
We are committed to keeping you updated on any developments. More details on SB 40 can be found on the State of Kansas website.