Dear LSR7 school community:
Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt sent letters to Missouri school districts and public health departments claiming that school officials and public health officials do not have the power to enforce implement quarantine protocols and mask requirements. Attorney General Schmitt’s letter is based on a recent ruling from a Cole County Circuit Court judge declaring public health orders “null and void” if they have not been approved by an elected body.
At this time, we are clarifying that Attorney General Schmitt’s letter does not impact current LSR7 quarantine and mask protocols for the following reasons.
- Our district indoor mask requirement for elementary school buildings until December 21, 2021 was approved by an Education Council vote on November 18, 2021. Kansas City, Missouri also has an approved mask requirement. by elected officials having an impact on Summit Pointe until January. 1, 2022.
- Board policies approved by elected officials impose the district’s responsibility to protect the health of students and employees from communicable disease risks, including adherence to local health guidelines such as quarantines. To this day, these county protocols are still in place.
In short, there are no changes to our mask or quarantine protocols at this time. All students, staff and visitors to our elementary camps are required to wear masks indoors until December 21, 2021, and we will continue to implement quarantine protocols in alignment with the Jackson County Department of Health. . Federal law and regulations require masks to be worn on all neighborhood bus at any time.
As a reminder, our mitigation measures are subject to change and we will always communicate changes to our processes proactively, if necessary.
Thank you for your cooperation and support,
Executive Director of Public Relations