USD 232 in DeSoto holds empty hearing on district mask policy, following new state law

USD 232 district staff Carrie Handy (left), director of human resources for elementary personnel, and Brian Schwanz, director of human resources for secondary personnel, led a hearing for five individuals to express opinions on the school district's mask requirement. No one from the public attended the meeting.

A new Kansas law that aims to limit the governor’s and other officials’ emergency powers during the COVID-19 pandemic is already having an impact on at least one Johnson County school district.

Among other provisions, Senate Bill 40, signed into law last week by Gov. Laura Kelly, requires school districts to publicly hear complaints from people who oppose COVID-19 restrictions approved by local school boards.