Mayor Q Attacks Northland Parents Amid COVID Mask Fight

Pandemic policy varies around the metro and the more infectious omicron variant has, yet again, sparked debate over public health protocol in schools . . . Overall, locals shouldn't be blamed for confusion as politicos continue to fight about the best way to move forward.

In an exchange moments ago . . .

The Mayor cuts loose on his political opposition across the bridge amid intensifying debate over COVID mask policy . . .

Meanwhile, here's a TKC collection that offers a glimpse at school regs across the area . . . 

Kansas City Council reinstates mask mandate for schools amid surge in COVID-19 cases

As COVID-19 cases continue climbing in the Kansas City metro - and with rising concerns over keeping schools open for in-person learning - the city council voted Thursday to reinstate mask mandates for students, faculty and staff in Kansas City school buildings.

Despite parent pleas, Johnson County does not issue mask mandate for all students K-12

Masks will continue to be required for elementary-aged kids in Johnson County, something started in August with a Public Health Order. And, despite pleas from parents and medical professionals, they'll continue to simply recommend masks in middle and high schools.On Thursday, six Johnson County Commissioners sat with plexiglass dividers between them.

Johnson County votes to keep masks for K-6 students

JOHNSON COUNTY, KS (KCTV) -- After a meeting that lasted nearly four hours, Johnson County Commissioners have decided to keep their mask requirements for K-6 students instead of extending it to include students through the 12th grade.

Park Hill Board of Education to discuss a mask mandate Friday

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Park Hill Board of Education has announced a special meeting Friday to discuss a mask mandate. They are one of several districts considering the option as COVID-19 case numbers have skyrocketed across Kansas and Missouri. The meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 7.

Don't expect Independence to pass school COVID mandates, mayor says

INDEPENDENCE, MO (KCTV) -- As Kansas City area county and city governments scrambled this week to address school-related COVID mitigation measures, the Independence mayor says the city is staying out of it, instead preferring to defer to the local school boards themselves.

Masks required for all students in Lee's Summit School District through Feb. 3

LEE'S SUMMIT, MO (KCTV) -- Masks are returning to the Lee's Summit School District effective Friday through Feb. 3. The vote was 6-1. Now, masks will be required for all students beginning on Friday. Since returning back to class this week, 247 students have tested positive for COVID-19 and 406 students were "close contacts" to a positive case.

UG Public Health Department strongly recommends return of mask mandate

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, Public Health Department shared alarming COVID-19 statistics Thursday night and strongly recommended the return of a mask mandate. Medical experts shared those numbers at a special session of the Board of County Commissioners.

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