Shawnee Mission School District denies two requests for SB 40 hearings over masks

The requests received Thursday were the first two forwarded to SMSD under a new state law that allows some district patrons to challenge local school districts' COVID-19 restrictions. A district spokesperson said both requests for public hearings were denied because they challenged policies that went into effect before the new law was passed. File photo.

The Shawnee Mission School District has denied two requests for public hearings aimed at challenging the district’s policy that masks be worn inside its buildings.

As a result, SMSD says it will not host public hearings regarding the complaints.