SMSD locking playgrounds; Exposure to COVID-19 at KCK church conference; WCA continues waste collections

SMSD will begin bringing some elementary students back to school for in-person learning on Monday, Oct. 5. (File photo.)

SMSD to lock playgrounds, gates to go up around school grounds

While cities across Shawnee Mission are closing playgrounds in an effort to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, the Shawnee Mission School District is locking its playgrounds up.

The school district announced it was closing playgrounds on March 25 with signs, but “due to the inability to obtain voluntary compliance with the request to stay off of school playgrounds,” the district has to take stricter measures.

SMSD stadiums and athletic facilities will remain open under the condition that people follow the following rules:

  • Strictly adhere to physical distancing guidelines (remain 6 feet away from people not in your household)
  • No groups of more than 10 people
  • No team sports, including but not limited to football, soccer, basketball, baseball and frisbee

The district will continue to monitor facilities to make sure people are complying with its requests, and may revise the guidelines if necessary.

KDHE reports COVID-19 exposure at KCK church conference

People who attended a church conference last month in Kansas City, Kansas may have been exposed to COVID-19, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

In a press release on Monday, the department reported the Kansas East Jurisdiction’s 2020 Ministers and Workers Conference has been identified as a place of exposure for multiple people in Kansas who have since become ill and tested positive for COVID-19. The conference took place at the Miracle Temple Church of God in Christ located at 2106 Quindaro Blvd.

The department urged anyone who attended this event and developed systems consistent with COVID-19 — especially fever, cough, and shortness of breath, but also malaise, sore throat and diarrhea — between 2 and 14 days after the conference, call their local health department, which will conduct a confidential investigation to prevent further transmission of COVID-19. More coronavirus updates are on KDHE’s website.

WCA waste collection service to continue business as normal in KC metro

The Kansas City metropolitan waste collection service WCA will continue to service “all regularly scheduled trash, recycling, yard waste and bulky pickup routes as normal” at this time, according to an update from the city of Fairway.

Residential, weekly collected trash should be contained to solid waste carts, but in the case of extra trash, customers can purchase overage stickers at the following locations while municipal buildings are closed to the public:

  • Mack True Value Hardware, 6004 Johnson Drive
  • Fairway Hen House, 2724 W. 53rd St.
  • Overland Park Hen House, 6900 W. 135th St.
  • Corinth Square Hen House, 4050 W. 83rd St.
  • Leawood Hen House, 11721 Roe Ave.