BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — UPDATE, August 10 | On Tuesday, the Blue Springs School District announced that once Jackson County’s mask mandate expires, masks will be optional in the district.
This is another element that parents will need to weigh when making a decision about in-person or virtual learning for their children.
Whichever learning mode was selected before August 13 will remain for the entire semester.
ORIGINAL STORY, August 9 | Parents in the Blue Springs School District now have until Friday to decide whether their child will be in class this fall or opt for virtual learning.
The choice is part of the district’s return-to-school procedures, which were discussed at Monday night’s school board meeting.
“I think for parents who are faced with not being able to vaccinate their children because they’re too young, I think it’s not a fair option for them,” said BSSD parent Kelly Barnes. . “It gives them the decision to keep their children at home if they wish.”
District leaders said parents will be able to reconsider their decision for the spring semester.
In accordance with Jackson County’s mandate, which requires everyone, regardless of immunization status, to wear a mask in indoor public spaces, all BSSD students, staff and visitors are required to wear a mask, which is inconvenient some parents.
“For a young child to not be able to see the expressions and that’s huge for development, you know, for our youngsters,” said BSSD parent Shelley McCoskey. “Even our adults.”
With respect to quarantine, the district will exempt those who are fully vaccinated, unless that individual is showing symptoms. Anyone else considered close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.
Parents care about those who have a difficult decision to make.
“Parents who don’t have this luxury, who have to go and work there, what are they going to do?” Brennon Hartshorn, a BSSD parent, said. “They need to find daycare or grandparents, hopefully something like that.”